SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio man was sentenced in federal court docket Jan. 10 to 17 years in jail for cyberstalking, extortion and distribution of kid pornography. The investigation was performed by Homeland Safety Investigations (HSI) in coordination with the Texas Lawyer Normal’s Workplace.
Jaycob Andrew Bustamante, 21, was sentenced Jan. 10 to 204 months in jail to be adopted by 30 years of supervised launch.
“The defendant on this case extorted and harassed a sufferer to the purpose she genuinely felt her life was threatened,” stated U.S. Lawyer Jaime Esparza of the Western District of Texas. “Cyberstalking and on-line extortion of youngsters and adults is likely one of the quickest rising crimes. We and our companions are dedicated to holding accountable anybody who makes use of the web and social media to terrorize, extort and stalk their victims.”
“The numerous sentence imposed on Jaycob Andrew Bustamante sends a transparent message that there are severe penalties for many who exploit kids. Bustamante will serve the following 17 years in federal jail for his incomprehensible acts,” stated appearing Particular Agent in Cost Craig Larrabee of HSI San Antonio. “We stay dedicated to working with our legislation enforcement companions to aggressively pursue those that victimize probably the most weak members of our society: our kids.”
In line with court docket paperwork, Bustamante had distributed sexually express photos of a minor. Between January 2021 and September 2021, he created a number of social media accounts posing because the sufferer, by means of which he posted the sexually express photos and despatched them to her family and friends. Over the course of Bustamante’s fixed harassment, he repeatedly threatened and stalked the sufferer by means of social media, inserting her and her household in worry of violence, whereas demanding extra sexually express photos.
Assistant U.S. Lawyer Bettina Richardson, Western District of Texas, prosecuted the case.
HSI encourages the general public to report suspected little one predators and any suspicious exercise by means of its toll-free tip line at 866-347-2423 or by finishing its on-line tip form. Each are staffed across the clock by investigators. From outdoors america and Canada, callers ought to dial 802-872-6199. Listening to impaired customers might name TTY 802-872-6196.
HSI takes a victim-centered method to little one exploitation investigations by working to determine, rescue and stabilize victims. HSI works in partnership with the Nationwide Middle for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters (NCMEC), ICAC companions, and different federal, state, and native businesses to assist remedy instances and rescue sexually exploited kids. Suspected little one sexual exploitation or lacking kids could also be reported to NCMEC’s toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.
HSI is a founding member of the Virtual Global Taskforce, a global alliance of legislation enforcement businesses and personal business sector companions working collectively to forestall and deter on-line little one sexual abuse.
One in all HSI’s high priorities is to guard the general public from crimes of victimization, and HSI’s little one exploitation investigations program is a central part of this mission set. Additional, HSI is acknowledged as a world chief on this investigative self-discipline, and is dedicated to using its huge authorities, worldwide footprint and robust authorities and non-government partnerships to determine and rescue little one victims, determine, and apprehend offenders, stop transnational little one sexual abuse, and assist make the web a safer place for youngsters.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety (DHS), chargeable for investigating transnational crime and threats, particularly these legal organizations that exploit the worldwide infrastructure by means of which worldwide commerce, journey, and finance transfer. HSI’s workforce of greater than 8,700 staff consists of greater than 6,000 particular brokers assigned to 237 cities all through america, and 93 abroad areas in 56 nations. HSI’s worldwide presence represents DHS’s largest investigative legislation enforcement presence overseas and one of many largest worldwide footprints in U.S. legislation enforcement.