US Attorney Announces Sex Charges and Seeks to Identify Additional Victims

Provides advice for parents and children on how to protect themselves from the growing threat of Snapchat and other social media

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — Today U.S. Attorney Mark Totten announced charges against Brandon Huu Le, 21, of Maitland, Florida for coercion and enticement of a child, sexual assault of a child, and possession Indecent images of children are linked to a pattern of alleged abuse of social media. app, Snapchat. Sexual harassment includes threats against a victim—including threats to publish or distribute personal and sensitive information about to someone – as long as the victim does not send the perpetrator any sexually explicit, sexually explicit photos or videos, or money.

“These charges represent serious accusations, and we are proceeding with full diligence to make our case and protect the public,” said the statement. US Attorney Mark Totten, for the Western District of Michigan. He continued: “Sexualism is on the rise and represents a real and present danger to all children, young people, and social media users. We will use all the power we can to protect our the most vulnerable members of the community from this sudden threat.

“The use of the internet to intimidate and use children to make sexual images, and then threaten to share or publish those images so that the victims will increase, the violent behavior is very harmful to young children,” the statement this. James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan. “I congratulate the young victims who came forward to report Le’s actions. Reporting to the police is the first step in holding these bullies accountable for their actions.

The Government is alleging that on August 10 and 11, 2019, Mr. Using Snapchat to contact a 13-year-old girl who lives in Western Michigan. The charge alleges that Mr. The moderator of the Snapchat discussion on sexual issues; take a picture of the sexual part of the conversation; then threatens to make that conversation public on the internet with the victim’s name if the victim doesn’t give him pictures and some sexual stuff.

The US Attorney’s Office and the FBI are working to identify other people, across the country, who may have been contacted by Le. The US Attorney’s Office believes Le used the alias “Ty” and the following usernames on social media, messages, and emails:

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If you believe you are a victim of this case, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdmi/victim-and-witness-assistance-program/vw-large-cases/Le or contact Kathy Schuette, Victim Coordinator, at (616) 808-2034 or kathy.schuette@usdoj.gov.

The FBI offers the following six tips on how people can protect themselves from sexual harassment:

  1. Choose what you share online. If your social media accounts are open to everyone, an unsuspecting person might be able to find out a lot of information about you.
  2. Be careful with anyone you meet for the first time online. Block or ignore messages from strangers.
  3. Be aware that people can pretend to be anything or anyone online. Videos and photos are not a guarantee of who they say they are. Images can be altered or stolen. In some cases, hackers have even taken over their victims’ social media accounts.
  4. Be suspicious if you meet someone in one game or app and this person asks you to start talking on another level.
  5. By the way. Any content you create online—whether it’s a text message, photo, or video—can be made public. And nothing really “dies” online. Once you post something, you have no control over what happens next.
  6. Be willing to ask for help. If you’re receiving messages or online requests that don’t seem right, block the sender, report the behavior to the site administrator, or go to a old man If you have been victimized online, tell someone.

If you have information about or believe you are a victim of sex trafficking, contact your local FBI office, call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or report online at http://tips.fbi.gov. More information is available at https://www.fbi.gov/how-we-can-help-you/safety-resources/scams-and-safety/common-scams-and-crimes/sextortion.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Adam Townshend.

Allegations in an indictment are only allegations, and the defendant is guilty unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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