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Prosecutors file more charges in ‘sextortion’ case

INDIANAPOLIS — Federal prosecutors in Indianapolis say a Maryland man accused of extorting teens into online sexual favors has agreed to plead guilty.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett called a Wednesday afternoon news conference to discuss additional charges against 20-year-old Trevor Shea of Mechanicsburg. Prosecutors filed three counts of sexual exploitation of children against Shea on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis. Shea already had faced a similar charge filed last year.

Court documents say the new offenses involving four girls occurred after Shea’s initial arrest.

Federal prosecutors have coined a nickname for the crime: sextortion. Prosecutors say that’s when an Internet predator seeks out and gains access to children and teenagers to sexually exploit and terrorize them.

Shea’s attorney didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment Wednesday.