A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly sexually exploiting and attempting to entice a minor.

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U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger says 19-year-old Diego Ramos of Blakeslee is facing one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of attempted enticement of a minor.

He appeared in Newark federal court earlier this week and was detained.

From May 29, 2021 through Nov. 29, 2022, Ramos used multiple Instagram accounts and other social media and messaging platforms to successfully coerce a minor to send sexually explicit images and videos to Ramos. He threatened the victim with public exposure if the victim did not send additional sexually explicit images and videos requested by Ramos, and caused the victim to pay Ramos $12,982 to stop him from publicly releasing the images.

The count of sexual exploitation of a child carries a minimum of 15 years in prison; the count of attempted enticement of a minor carries a minimum of 10 years behind bars. Both counts are punishable by life in prison.

Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI and several municipal police departments for their assistance in this case.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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