JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - An Ohio man has been charged with three felonies for sexually extorting a 13-year-old Arvada girl over the Internet from 1,300 miles away, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
The man investigators are calling a "sextortion" suspect, Gregory Scott Kasarcik, 24, of Ripley, Ohio, has been extradited to Colorado.
He appeared March 5 in Jefferson County court, where he was advised of the charges against him -- sexual exploitation, Internet sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation, said Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.
Arvada police were called on Jan. 2 by a woman who said two traumatized neighbor girls -- sisters, ages 13 and 16 -- had come to her door crying about something that had happened on the computer. The teens were babysitters for the neighbor and their mom was at work.
The 13-year-old girl had met Gregory Kasarcik on a teen social website called SceneKids. His profile claimed that he was a 15-year-old boy, according to an arrest affidavit. Kasarcik used the screen name "ericfringe2" and profile photo showing a shirtless white male with long hair, the affidavit said.
Kasarcik used the pretense that he needed the girl's help solving a camera problem to get her to move from the SceneKids website to a "live" camera Skype session, according to the affidavit.
Suddenly, the man was sending texts demanding that she take off her clothes. The girl refused, but the man said he had her IP address and would blow up the new laptop that her grandparents just had given her for Christmas, the affidavit said. Her grandmother had specifically instructed the girl to take care of the laptop and not damage it.
The frightened girl took off her clothes.
The man ordered her to perform sex acts on camera and, when the girl refused, he threatened to post her nude photographs on the Internet, the affidavit said. The traumatized girl gave in to the man's repeated threats, lying nude on her bed in front of the laptop camera, performing explicit sexual acts.
Eventually, the 13 year old turned off the camera and turned to her 16-year-old sister for help. The older sister texted "ericfringe2" via Skype, warning him that she would call police if he posted her little sister's nude photos on the Internet.
The man replied that "the Police would never locate him," the affidavit said.
The girls shut off the camera and went to get help from their next door neighbor.
Arvada police launched a painstaking investigation, using a series of court-approved search warrants to obtain records from Skype Communications and SceneKids.com.
The records allowed detectives to track "ericfringe2" to Kasarcik's Ohio home.
Investigators also learned that "ericfringe2" had about 400 "Friends" on SceneKids.com, "most of which appeared to be underage juvenile females," an Arvada detective wrote in the arrest affidavit. SceneKids.com provided police with 300 pages of chat activity for "ericfringe" from Dec. 1, 2013 though Jan. 2, 2014.
The email listed on the SceneKids.com account of "ericfringe2" was for firstname.lastname@example.org. Karsarcik gave a birthdate for a 16 year old. His SceneKids.com bio stated: "if you think im cute and want to chat text me at 9375155509".
Investigators said they found an Oct. 29, 2013 chat where "ericfringe2" repeatedly threatened to blow up another girl's computer -- just as he later threatened the Arvada teen.
"you have one more minute to get back on skype or im destroying your computer," "ericfringe2" texted the girl, according to a string of texts contained in the affidavit said. "…because i want to see your beautiful body and if you won't let me then your computer goes bye bye."
Police also found that "ericfringe2" had used earlier versions of the screen name on SceneKids.com , including "ericfringe" and "ericfringe1".
The suspect may have altered his screen names because the Arvada detective found a SceneKids.com post warning other kids about "ericfringe1".
The affidavit also revealed a July 28, 2013 chat, in which a girl confronted "ericfringe2. "Arent you that guy that told girls if they didnt send nudes or flash you that you would go and destroy their computers…?" the girl texted.
"ericfringe2" replied, "wtf lol when and where did you hear that?"
The girl replied, "it was like going around. There were a lot of girls posting screen shots of you telling them that you sent a virus to their computer and stuff."
"ericfringe2" denied knowing what she was talking about.
"I know this because you tried to scare me by doing that to me…your old username was ericfringe and you had the exact same picture," the girl texted.
Arvada police obtained a warrant for Kasarcik's arrest on Feb. 4. He was arrested by the Brown County Ohio Sheriff’s Office and extradited to Colorado.
Kasarcik is being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center on $50,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 11.
If convicted on all charges, Kasarcik faces up to 20 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised sex-offender probation.