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NCIS {jail|put away|nail| Marine for Sextortion campaign

A California man was sentenced to prison for five years for cyberstalking several young girls in California in a “sextortion” campaign he waged while he was an active-duty member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

According to court records, from May 2019 to February 2021 Johao Miguel Chavarri also known as Michael Frito, 26, from Torrance was stalked and sent anonymous threatening communications to numerous victims.

Chavarri, often using the name “Frito,” contacted victims on social media platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, complimented their appearance and/or their publicly posted photos and suggested a partnership in which he would pay the victim to send him photos or videos. The victims at first agreed with Chavarri’s demands and sent him explicit, sexually explicit, or compromising photos. When the victims refused Chavarri’s initial request for photos, refusing to send him more pictures or videos, or refused to keep in contact with him online, Chavarri began to harass and threaten the victims via a variety of online accounts. In most cases, he threatened to publish sexually explicit photos and videos of victims on popular pornographic websites and/or to share the photos or videos to the victims’ boyfriends, friends family members, employers, or boyfriends whom he would typically explicitly identify with the name of.

Chavarri was ordered to pay a fine of $15,000 and serve three years of supervision.


Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Christensen for the Central District of California; Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division; and Supervisory Special Agent Adam Smith of the FBI Los Angeles Field Office made the announcement.

The FBI Los Angeles Field Office, Long Beach Resident Agency, investigated the case, with assistance from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

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