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Pedophile Tracking FBI Seek Additional Victims of Sextortion

Ashley Reynolds was a happy 14-year-old who loved sports, did well in school academically and socially, and enjoyed keeping a journal she intended her “future self” to read. But what happened in the summer of 2009 was so devastating that she couldn’t bring herself to record it in her diary—or speak about it to anyone.

She had become the victim of sextortion, a growing Internet crime in which young girls and boys are often targeted. Her life was being turned upside down by an online predator who took advantage of her youth and vulnerability to terrorize her by demanding that she send him sexually explicit images of herself.


After several months, Ashley’s parents discovered what was happening and contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Ashley and her parents later supported the FBI investigation that led to the arrest of 26-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, who last year pled guilty to multiple counts of child pornography production and was sent to prison for 105 years—but not before he used the Internet to victimize nearly 350 teenage girls. The majority of those youngsters have not yet been identified.

That’s why the FBI is requesting the public’s help—and why Ashley has come forward to tell her story—so that Chansler’s victims can be located and will know, as Special Agent Larry Meyer said, “that this dark period of their lives is over.”

Meyer, a veteran agent in the FBI’s Jacksonville Division who investigates crimes against children, explained that 109 of Chansler’s victims have been identified and contacted so far, leaving approximately 250 teens “who have not had closure and who probably haven’t obtained counseling and other help they might need.” He noted that Ashley is a brave person with a supportive family “and has been able to use this experience to make her stronger.” Unfortunately, that has not been the case for all the girls, some of whom have dropped out of school and tried to end their lives.

Map Showing Locations of Identified Sextortion Victims
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Chansler, who was studying to become a pharmacist, used multiple personas and dozens of fake screen names—such as “HELLOthere” and “goodlookingguy313”—to dupe girls from 26 U.S. states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. And he used sophisticated techniques to keep anyone from learning his true identity.

Pretending to be 15-year-old boys—all handsome and all involved in skateboarding—he trolled popular online hangouts to strike up relationships with teenage girls. In one instance on Stickam, a now-defunct live-streaming video website, evidence seized from his computer showed four girls all exposing their breasts. “The girls are apparently having a sleepover, and Chansler contacted one of them through a random online chat,” Meyer said. “These girls thought they were having a video chat session with a 15-year-old boy that they would never see or hear from again, so they are all exposing themselves, not realizing that he is doing a screen capture and then he’s coming back later—very often in a different persona—saying, ‘Hey I’ve got these pictures of you, and if you don’t want these sent to all your Myspace friends or posted on the Internet, you are going to do all of these naked poses for me.’”

Don’t Become a Victim of Sextortion

Special Agent Larry Meyer and other investigators experienced in online child sexual exploitation cases offer these simple tips for young people who might think that sextortion could never happen to them:

– Whatever you are told online may not be true, which means the person you think you are talking to may not be the person you really are talking to.

– Don’t send pictures to strangers. Don’t post any pictures of yourself online that you wouldn’t show to your grandmother. “If you only remember that,” Meyer said, “you are probably going to be safe.”

– If you are being targeted by an online predator, tell someone. If you feel you can’t talk to a parent, tell a trusted teacher or counselor. You can also call the FBI, the local police, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline.

– You might be afraid or embarrassed to talk with your parents, but most likely they will understand. “One of the common denominators in the Chansler case,” Meyer noted, “was that parents wished their daughters had told them sooner. They were very understanding and sympathetic. They realized their child was being victimized.”

“It went from what would be relatively benign pictures to fulfilling Chansler’s perverted desires,” Meyer said, adding that while adults know that a young person’s life is only beginning in high school, “to a 13- or 14-year-old girl, thinking that all her friends or her parents might see a picture of her exposing her breasts, the fear was enough to make them comply with Chansler’s demands, believing they had no better options.”

When FBI agents interviewed Chansler after his arrest, they asked why he selected that age group. “One of the comments he made,” Meyer said, “was that older girls wouldn’t fall for his ploy.”

Ashley fell for Chansler’s ploy in late 2008 when she was 14 years old. She was contacted online by someone who claimed to be a teenage boy with embarrassing sexual pictures of her. His screen name was CaptainObvious, and he threatened to send Ashley’s pictures to all her Myspace friends if she didn’t send him a topless image of herself. Without considering the consequences, she sent it. She didn’t think the boy knew who she was or anything else about her. Nothing more happened until the summer of 2009, when Chansler’s persona messaged again, threatening to post her topless picture on the Internet if she didn’t send him more explicit images.

She ignored him at first, but then he texted her on her cell phone. He knew her phone number and presumably where she lived. Somehow he must have hacked information from her social media pages. Chansler was relentless. He badgered her for pictures and continued to threaten. The thought of her reputation being ruined—and disappointing her parents—made Ashley finally give in to her tormenter.

The next few months were a nightmare as Ashley complied with Chansler’s demands. She was trapped and felt she couldn’t talk to anyone. She kept thinking if she sent more pictures, the monster at the other end of the computer would finally leave her alone. But it only got worse—until the day her mother discovered the images on her computer.

“I just remember breaking down and crying, trying to get my dad not to call the police,” Ashley said, “because I knew that I would end up in jail or something because I complied and I sent him the pictures even though I didn’t want to. I tried to think rationally, like this guy was threatening me. But I sent him the pictures, so that’s breaking the law, isn’t it? I am under age and I am sending him naked pictures of me. I didn’t want to go to jail.”

Chat Log Between Chansler and Victim
Part of an online chat between Lucas Michael Chansler and one of his victims.

Still, she was relieved that she didn’t have to keep her secret any longer. And her parents were supportive.

Ashley’s mother did some research and contacted the NCMEC’s CyberTipline. An analyst researching the case was able to tie one of the screen names used to sextort Ashley to another case in a different state and realized the predator most likely had multiple victims. Eventually, FBI and NCMEC analysts were able to pinpoint an Internet account in Florida where the threats were originating, and that information was passed to FBI agents who work closely with NCMEC in child exploitation investigations.

When investigators executed a search warrant at Chansler’s Jacksonville house and examined his computer, they found thousands of images and videos of child pornography. They also found folders labeled “Done” and “Prospects” that contained detailed information about the nearly 350 teens he had extorted online.

Meyer and the Jacksonville Crimes Against Children Task Force analyzed the images of the girls to identify and locate them. One victim was located through a picture of her and her friends standing in front of a plate glass window at their school. Reflected in the glass was the name of the school, which led to her identification. Another victim was found through a radio station banner seen in a video hanging on her bedroom wall. The station’s call letters led to a city and, eventually, to the victim. More than 250 investigators, analysts, victim specialists, child forensic interviewers, and community child advocacy centers were involved in locating and interviewing the known victims.

But approximately 250 victims are still unidentified and may have no idea that Chansler was arrested and sent to jail.

“It’s important that we find these girls so that they don’t have to be looking over their shoulder, wondering if this guy is still out there and is he looking for them and is he going to be coming back,” Meyer explained, adding that “some of these girls, now young women, need assistance. Many probably have never told anyone what they went through.”

Ashley Reynolds
Ashley Reynolds, who was a victim of Lucas Michael Chansler’s sextortion scheme, hopes her story helps prevent other teens from falling for similar ploys.
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Ashley, now 20, is doing what she can to get the word out about sextortion so that all of Chansler’s victims can be identified and other girls don’t make the mistakes that she made. “This ended for me,” she said, but for many of Chansler’s victims, “this never ended for them.”

When Meyer began working crimes against children cases eight years ago, he visited freshman and sophomore high school classes to talk about Internet safety. “Now,” he said, “we are going to fourth and fifth grade because kids are getting on the Internet at younger ages.”

He added, “We know that youngsters don’t always make sound decisions. Today, with a smartphone or digital camera, an individual can take an inappropriate picture of themselves and 10 seconds later have it sent to someone. Once that picture is gone,” he said, “you lose all control over it, and what took 10 seconds can cause a lifetime of regret.”

For her part, Ashley hopes that talking about what she went through will resonate with young girls. “If it hits close to home, maybe they will understand. High school girls never think it will happen to them,” she said. “I never thought this would happen to me, but it did.”

Fraud Investigation KY Doctor Sentenced To Federal Prison for Tax Fraud

A London, Kentucky, doctor was sentenced today to federal prison in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in London for filing false federal income tax returns that claimed millions in fictitious business expenses, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Dr. Visa Haran Sivasubramaniam, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to serve two years in prison and one year of supervised release to be served in the county jail with work release involving providing services at a local medical clinic.


At sentencing, Judge Thapar also ordered Sivasubramaniam to pay a fine of $100,000 and restitution of $4,532,777 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to court documents, Sivasubramaniam owned and operated Hematology Oncology Physicians East (HOPE), a medical clinic where he offered oncology and hematology services.

From 2007 through 2009, Sivasubramaniam earned more than $16 million in total income from HOPE. However, on his 2008 and 2009 personal and corporate income tax returns, Sivasubramaniam under-reported his income and claimed millions in false and fictitious medical supply expenses. Over a three-year period, he claimed nearly $13 million in fraudulent business expenses.

On Jan. 9, Sivasubramaniam pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false individual income tax returns. Acting Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo commended special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Trial Attorneys Yael T. Epstein and Thomas Voracek of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case. Ciraolo also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Kentucky for their substantial assistance. Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

Private Detective: Lexington Man Indicted in Several Robberies

A Lexington man has been indicted in several armed robberies.

Edward Hale Jr faces several counts of robbery. He was indicted for robbing a Speedway and a Dollar General this past January.  In March, he is also accused of robbing a Marathon, a Circle K and a Game Stop.


Another robbery allegedly occurred in April at a Shell Station. Court documents state he had an accomplice named Kenneth Andrews during some of the alleged crimes

Accident Reconstruction One Dead in Scott Co. Accident

One person is dead after a single vehicle accident in Scott County.

The crash happened on Longlick Road on Tuesday morning.  Officials confirms that an adult female was killed after her vehicle struck a fence. Two children in the vehicle were taken to the hospital.


A neighbor who was near the crash site said the two young children who ran from the wreck were searching for their pet dog that ran from the vehicle.  The dog is described as a dachsund/beagle mix, brown in color.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Pedophile Tracking Home Of Subway Spokesman Raided in Connection With Child Porn

Federal and state agents raided the Zionsville, Ind., home of Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of a child pornography  investigation, according to an Indianapolis TV station.

According to WTHR, the raid follows the arrest last April of Russell Taylor, the executive director of the Jared Foundation, on child porn charges.


The Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children task force is the lead agency on the investigation. According to WTHR, investigators removed electronics from the home for analysis inside a mobile forensics van parked in the home’s driveway.

Police have reportedly detained Fogel outside his home, although he is not under arrest.

Fogle’s wife and children left the house shortly after the raid began, according to the Indianapolis TV station.

Missing Person Zachary Harris of Jackson County, WV

Zachary Harris, 21, has been missing since Tuesday, June 30.

Police say Harris was scheduled for work at Driving Stepp and Sons Garage Door that day, but never showed up. Harris was last seen in a company 2002 GMC truck with a utility bed.


Harris is approximately 5’8” and weighs a little more than 200 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information about Harris’ location you’re asked to call the Jackson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police Department.

Missing Person Authorities Still Searching for Missing Nelson County Woman

Nelson County authorities continue to search for a Bardstown woman missing since Friday.

The Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Crystal Rogers was last seen Friday afternoon. Police found her abandoned car with a flat tire that night near Exit 10 on the Bluegrass Parkway. Her keys, cell phone, and personal belongings were still inside the car.


Anyone with information in the case should call the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at (502) 348-1870.

Wrongful Death Good Samaritan Has Strange Link to Murder Case

He was involved in helping police on a wild chase on the interstate last week, but he never imagined he was also chasing the woman suspected of murdering his friend.

“It’s still hard to believe that this stuff has happened,” Scott Barnhill said. “I never thought I would be involved in something like this.”

Barnhill says he didn’t think twice about chasing Vanessa Napier in his own car.

Napier is accused of stealing a bucket truck and leading police on a 40 mile chase on Friday.


“I just went vroom,” Barnhill said.

It wasn’t until days later that Barnhill discovered the same woman he helped police chase down is also charged with the murder of a good family friend, John Sharp.

“I just kept saying ‘no way, this cant be true’,” Barnhill said.

A family and community left mourning after the coroner’s report revealed  53 year-old Sharp was found dead at his home on Athens Walnut Hill Road Saturday, stabbed in the chest.

News Barnhill still can’t accept about his good friend.

“He was a very smart individual,” Barnhill said. “John Sharp would have never hurt anybody.”

While Barnhill says he doesn’t know if he would’ve done things differently, had he known he was chasing his friends murder suspect, he hopes to one day be able to forgive sharp’s killer.

Vanessa Napier

Missing Person Randy Allen Smith II of Richmond County, GA

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a missing person.

Authorities say Randy Allen Smith II, 30,  has not been seen since Wednesday July 1.


He was last seen wearing a red sleeveless t-shirt and red cargo shorts.

Officials tell us Smith suffers from bipolar schizophrenia.

If you have seen Smith or know where he is, please call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

Missing person Randy Smith

Missing Person Ohio Community Seeks Answers After Disappearance of 6 Women

The fate of six women – four of them dead, two missing for months – has people on edge in this small southern Ohio city as relatives seek clues, seemingly in vain, to whatever happened to their loved ones.

Grieving family members and nervous residents worry about a serial killer in their midst. Police say they aren’t ruling anything out, but say it’s more likely the women’s troubled histories caught up with them in deadly ways. All were drug addicts and several had prostituted themselves to feed their habit.


Police also say that because the women ran in the same circles, someone knows the fuller story.

“There’s that one person out there that has the information that’s going to break this case. We know that; we just have to get to them,” said Chillicothe police Officer Bud Lytle.

Charlotte Trego, who would be 28, has been gone the longest, missing since her mother dropped her off at an apartment in Chillicothe in early May 2014. She was into drugs and may have turned to prostitution to support her habit, said her mother, Yvonne Boggs.

“She wouldn’t go this long without calling me,” said Boggs, of Waverly, about 15 miles farther south on U.S. 23.

Tameka Lynch, 30, disappeared a couple of weeks later. Her body was found on a sand bar in Paint Creek by a group of kayakers on May 24, 2014, four days after the coroner says she likely died.

Lynch was scared of water and wouldn’t have willingly gone anywhere near a river, said her mother, Angela Robinson. She described her daughter, a mother of three, as a beautiful but naive person who was too trusting.

“Somebody just tossed her away like a piece of trash,” Robinson said.

The body of Shasta Himelrick, last seen on surveillance video leaving a gas station early on the morning of Dec. 26, was found in the Scioto River on Jan. 2. She was pregnant and had traces of painkillers and cocaine in her system. The coroner ruled her death a suicide.

Timberly Claytor, 38, was found shot to death in nearby Massieville on May 29. A suspect in her death is in custody on unrelated charges.

The body of 26-year-old Tiffany Sayre, missing since early May, was found in neighboring Highland County on June 27 not far from where Lynch’s body was recovered. A cause of death hasn’t been announced. She had been hanging out earlier in the evening with men at a Chillicothe motel that has a reputation as a site for prostitution.

Police are still looking for Wanda Lemons, 38, a mother of five, missing since last fall. She was a kind person who people took advantage of, said her mother, Diana Willett.

The deaths and disappearances have spurred the creation of a task force including Chillicothe police and the Ross County sheriff’s office, the FBI, state investigators and other local law enforcement.

Police recently announced a crackdown on drugs and prostitution in areas the women frequented.

Residents say they are locking doors more, are hesitant to go out at night and aren’t allowing daughters to walk alone.


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