INDIANAPOLIS, June 26 (UPI) -- An Indiana man who turned teenagers into "cam slaves" by blackmailing them into online sex was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Richard Finkbiner, 38, of Brazil, Ind., may have had hundreds of victims across the country, the Indianapolis Star reported. He was convicted in federal court of exploiting 13 teenagers.
Finkbiner tricked the teens he met in online chat rooms into performing sexual acts on camera for him by showing them a video of someone engaged in a sexual act. Once they made one video, he threatened to show it to their families and friends unless they continued performing for him, investigators said.
Finkbiner referred to his victims as "cam slaves," investigators said. They identified more than 150 from his online trail.
Prosecutors said he downloaded 47,000 images, mostly showing underage victims in sex acts.
"For nearly two years, this man sat in front of his home computer and orchestrated a scheme that terrorized hundreds of young people across the country," U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said. "It is our hope that today's sentencing serves not just as a deterrent to criminals, but also as a warning to Hoosier families as to the dangers that can lurk on these anonymous chat websites."