Former Navy Sailor Blackmailed Minors Into Online Sex: Feds

A former Navy sailor stationed in New London has been indicted on federal charges after downloading a cache of child porn onto his computer and convincing minors to perform sex acts on video chat, which he recorded and shared with other people, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Federal prosecutors said Adam M. Simpson, 28, video chatted with underage victims betwen January and November 2013, while he was stationed at the naval base in New London.

He coerced them into performing sex acts on camera, which he recorded, saved and shared, the U.S. attorneys office said. Simpson sometimes posed as a young boy and blackmailed the victims so they would continue chatting with him.

Prosecutors said Simpson also downloaded a number of child pornography files onto his computer. He was arrested on state charges in January 2014 and has been in custody ever since.

A federal grand jury indicted Simpson with enticing mionor to perform sexually explicit acts during online video chats, along with receipt and possession of child pornography, on March 24. He was arraigned in federal court April 6.

Simpson could face life in prison if convicted.

It's not clear if Simpson has an attorney.

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