Celebrities are no strangers to social media. They have a strong web presence. They tweet, the share personal photos on Instagram and update their Facebook pages. One thing they usually don’t do, is Skype with their fans.
A 45-year-old Connecticut man took advantage of the web to attract young, underage girls.
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John Eastman is being accused of posing as pop sensation Harry Styles from One Direction online and convincing girls, some as young as 5 years old, to pose naked and perform sex acts.
Eastman’s charges include first-degree possession of child pornography, employing a minor in an obscene performance and using a computer to entice a minor, according to the Associated Press.
Eastman allegedly used the screen name Harry.Styles888 on Skype. He also had pictures of the pop star on his computer, which he used to convince children he was singer.
“My hope is that the girl will show me herself on camera and then pose in a sexual manner, or perform some kind of sex act for me to see,” Eastman told detectives, according to his arrest warrant.
According to the AP, Eastman would sometimes offer concert tickets in exchange for children posing naked or performing sex acts online.
Eastman’s computer reportedly contained more than 500 images of child pornography. He spent 10 years on the Connecticut sex offender registry but was taken off the list in 2009.
He is due back in court next Thursday.
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