Juan Perez Tells Kids To Do Porn Or He'll Put Their Semi-Dirty Pictures On The Net

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Juan Perez is staying in custody
A Houston man has been hit with a slew of charges relating to child pornography, federal prosecutors say.

Juan Perez, 28, contacted minors and established relationships with them via phone and computer, an indictment says, and then he got really sleazy. After getting a semi-dirty photo or two, the feds say, he started blackmailing the North Carolina youths:

The court heard that Perez allegedly attempted to persuade, induce, entice and coerce the minors to create visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct by photographing and/or videotaping themselves. According to testimony heard today in open court, Perez allegedly used the threat of posting suggestive photos of the minors online if they did not comply with his demands.

He also "sent a letter and cash to a minor in California in an attempt to persuade, induce, entice or coerce her to fly to Houston and engage in sexual activity," prosecutors say.

Perez remains in custody, partly because of testimony that he stalked a 13-year-old Houston girl with whom he had phone and computer contact.

He faces some hard time:

Perez faces a mandatory minimum statutory sentence of 15 years imprisonment and up to a maximum of 30 years if convicted of either count of attempted production of child pornography. Transfer of obscene material to a minor carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. The coercion and enticement of a child carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years up to life imprisonment, while the possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In addition, each charge is punishable by a $250,000 fine. If convicted, upon completion of any prison term imposed, Perez also faces a maximum of life on supervised release during which the court can impose a number of special conditions designed to protect the children and prohibit the use of the Internet.

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