California man to plead guilty in sextortion case

by The Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Southern California man faces up to seven years in prison after agreeing to plead guilty in a case where he’s accused of hacking into hundreds of social media and email accounts to get women to pose naked for him.

Court records show Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, 27, of Glendale recently agreed to plead guilty to one count each of identity theft and unauthorized access of a protected computer. He is expected to enter his guilty plea Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Kazaryan illegally accessed the accounts and found nude photos and personal passwords that women had stored online. He then posed as a friend, persuading them to strip while he watched via Skype, captured images of them, or both.

Once the women learned Kazaryan was posing as a friend, he often threatened to post their private photos to their Facebook accounts if they refused to comply.

Authorities estimate Kazaryan had more than 350 victims and they said about 3,000 pictures of nude and semi-nude women were found on his computer.

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