SANTA ANA, Calif. – A Southern California computer science student was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison for hacking into the computers of a future Miss Teen USA and other young women to try to force them to send nude photographs or undress on camera for him.
Jared Abrahams, 19, pleaded guilty in November to three counts of extortion and one count of unauthorized access of a computer.
Authorities say Abrahams hacked into the computers of several women, including Cassidy Wolf, who won the teen crown last August. Authorities say he was then able to control the webcams and surreptitiously photograph them. He would then threaten to post the photos online if the women didn’t agree to have online video phone conversations with him or send him more nude images of themselves.
Court documents say Abrahams posted nude photos of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf on Facebook when she did not respond to his extortion attempt, reports CBS Los Angeles. The photos of Wolf were taken by Abrahams through a camera on her computer after he hacked into it, according to the FBI.
Wolf, whom Abrahams knew from high school, contacted the FBI after she was threatened.