MADISON (WKOW) – A Las Vegas man has been accused for victimizing nearly 500 teenage girls on social media apps, including a minor in Wisconsin that he later threatened with extortion, according to federal prosecutors.
David Ohmar Harris, 25, was charged Aug. 2, 2018 with producing child pornography, extortion and threats via interstate communications, and stalking, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The indictment charges Harris with two counts of producing child pornography in December 2016 and June 2018, involving a minor in Wisconsin. The indictment also alleges that on June 11, 2018, Harris threatened extortion, and that between December 2016 and June 2018.
“He threaten to ruin her reputation with intent to extort for value and he used Facebook and Kik websites to harass and intimidate to cause emotional distress,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel.
Now, Wisconsin’s Department of Justice (DOJ) needs your help to possibly identify up to hundreds of other victims across the U.S. Schimel said this case is opening the conversation parents need to have with their children.
“This case highlights why it is so important for parents to protect their children in the physical world but also the visual world as well,” said Schimel.
The DOJ said the speed of this case wouldn’t be possible without Wisconsin lawmakers passing legislation known as Alicia’s Law. It speeds up the subpoena process to help find a suspected internet sex predator.
“It’s a specialized unit who are able to track a teens location by the photographs that are posted online,” said Schimel.
There are ways to help protect your child’s online activity. There are software programs you can download that prevent certain sites from being used.
“We’re looking for more information that can help us identify those victims to further protect teenagers and hold this individual responsible.”
Scott C. Blader, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, and Homeland Security Investigations’ Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons announced the indictment Wednesday.
Harris was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 8, 2018. He made an initial appearance in federal court in Las Vegas that day. Harris was ordered held in federal custody and is being transferred to the Western District of Wisconsin. No date has been set for his appearance in Wisconsin.
The investigation to date has revealed that Harris may have used Kik and Facebook to victimize up to 500 teenage girls throughout the United States and internationally since 2012. His user names on these platforms included Zero, Bowromes, Akito, Lelouch, and Kami.
Law enforcement says that if you think that you or someone you know may have been a victim of someone communicating through these usernames, law enforcement asks that you contact them, either by phone at 608-224-9345 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide your contact information and someone from the Wisconsin Department of Justice or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will contact you to obtain more information.
Blader said, “I urge anyone who is being asked to share explicit images, or being threatened by someone to whom you have provided such images, to make a report to law enforcement. My office will continue to make the prosecution of this type of predatory behavior against children a priority.”
“We strongly urge any victim who may have been a victim of someone using usernames Zero, Bowromes, Akito, Lelouch, and Kami on Facebook or Kik to please contact law enforcement,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “No matter where you are from, services are available for you, and our Office of Crime Victim Services stands ready to support you.”
“HSI will work tirelessly with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to investigate, arrest and prosecute sexual predators who prey on the vulnerabilities of minor victims,” said James M. Gibbons, special agent in charge of HSI Chicago, the HSI office that oversees Wisconsin. “This case should also serve as a reminder to all that online predators are always searching for new victims.”
If convicted, Harris faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each production of child pornography charge, two years on the extortion charge, and five years on the stalking charge.
The charges against Harris are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the assistance of the North Las Vegas and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma.