24-year-old Jorge Esteban Sanchez Ramos of Ontario in San Bernardino County was sentenced last week to 18 months in federal prison for blackmailing female friends and acquaintances on Facebook by threatening to publish nude photographs and videos of them unless they complied with his demands of sending him additional sexually explicit images.
From April 2016 to May 2018, Sanchez Ramos used multiple aliases and Facebook accounts to mask his identity while he contacted his victims, who were friends, and acquaintances from high school. The purpose of establishing these accounts was to extort nude images and videos from the victims using explicit images of the victims that Sanchez Ramos previously obtained.
Sanchez Ramos’ anonymous communications took on a variety of forms, but their substance was the same: a threat to publish nude or sexually explicit photographs of the women if they did not send him more nude photographs or videos of themselves.
On certain occasions, when the victims resisted his demands, Sanchez Ramos followed through on his threats and published sexually explicit photos of the victims on social media. If a victim blocked the Facebook account Sanchez Ramos was using to contact her, he then would create a new Facebook account and mock the victim for attempting to block him. He also threatened to rape one of the victims if she did not comply with his demands, according to court documents.
“[Sanchez Ramos] engaged in a pattern of activity spanning over two years in which he terrorized young women acquaintances,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum. “[He] preyed upon their insecurities, convincing them to send explicit images of themselves to [him].”
United States District Judge Dolly M. Gee, who sentenced Sanchez Ramos, said, he “inflicted harm in a sadistic manner.”