An Elk Grove man accused of persuading juveniles to provide him with nude photos of themselves has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography.
Alexander Jordan Miller, 21, entered the guilty plea Tuesday in federal court in Sacramento, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
Miller, under various pseudonyms, used social media and a smartphone messaging application to persuade minors to take nude photos of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct and send the photos to him, the news release said. After receiving one or more nude photos of each victim, Miller then demanded more and increasingly graphic nude photos and videos. He threatened that if the victims did not supply the additional photos and videos, he would send their families the photos they had provided, or he would post them on the internet, the news release said.
As part of the extortion scheme, Miller used at least 12 juvenile victims to produce child pornography, according to the news release. One of the victims was 11 years old at the time of the offense.
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Miller was arrested in April after a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment. He is to be sentenced Jan. 9 by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez. Miller faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
The case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.