- Associated Press - Friday, February 17, 2017

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Benton man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after admitting he created fake online personas to trick girls and women into sending him nude photos of themselves.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2lrqFIf ) that Joshua Reile was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded guilty in November to extortion and attempted production of child pornography.

Prosecutors alleged that Reile made fake social media accounts to develop friendships with women, eventually asking for nude photos. He was also accused of retaliating against those who discovered he was an impostor by threatening to post their photos online.

Reile’s attorney, Molly Sullivan, said her 27-year-old client wasn’t predatory - only that “he just never grew up after high school.” She says Reile hoped to enroll in educational and vocational programs while in prison.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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