Here’s what we know about Ryan Valle now, the cyber sextorter whose story is the subject of a new Netflix documentary.
A true crime proposition with a twist is the best way to describe the new Netflix docuseries. The Network of Pretense: Death, Lies and the Internet. The six-part series explores the dark side of the World Wide Web, shedding light on the criminal cases and security issues that have arisen since its invention. From cyberstalking to theft, hate speech and bad spanking, each episode takes on a different theme. Episode 4 sheds light on sexual exploitation in the age of the Internet with the example of Ryan J. Valle.
This is the latest show from the streaming giant that everyone is talking about. Joining other Netflix hits Lincoln Lawyer (will open in a new tab), Stairs (will open in a new tab) as well as Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey — the story of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs (will open in a new tab) – in the top 10 trend bars. We break down what has happened to Ryan Valle since then and if he’s served time for his crimes.
Where is Ryan Valle now?
Convicted cyber sextorter Ryan J. Valle now appears to be a free man. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, he was released from a facility in Massachusetts on January 20, 2022.. Now, the 28-year-old appears to be holding low after a life in prison, and little is known about his current whereabouts.
Ryan was about 16 or 17 years old when he started texting and forcing girls into sexually explicit images (known as “sex extortion”). Operating under the pseudonyms “Seth Williams” and “James McCrow” on Facebook, he first exchanged friendly messages with these girls, who won their trust, and then demanded that nude bodies be sent to him. Failure to comply with this requirement resulted in Ryan hacking and blocking victims from their Facebook accounts. He then threatened to forward the explicit images found on their email accounts to loved ones and colleagues.
One victim, who was filming a Netflix documentary, said that Ryan hacked into her Amazon account and sent sex toys to her home. Trying to embarrass her and show that he knows her address.
Another victim saw Valle create a new Facebook profile in her name and upload sexually explicit photos of her to the page. He then sent her friend requests, as well as the girl’s friends and family members.
Ryan Valle went to jail?
On February 6, 2017, Ryan Valle was sentenced to 96 months (8 years) in federal prison. Vallee pleaded guilty to 31 charges in August 2016, including charges of computer hacking, cyberstalking and identity theft.
US Department of Justice (will open in a new tab) broke these charges accordingly: “13 counts of interstate threats, one count of computer hacking to steal information, eight counts of computer hacking to extort, eight counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of cyberstalking.” “.
According to Laconia Daily SunValle’s lawyers asked that his autism spectrum diagnosis be taken into account in sentencing.
Valle was initially released on bail while awaiting sentencing. But on March 16, 2016, he was re-arrested in a new criminal case. Violating the terms of his bail, Valle remained in custody until February of the following year.
How many people have sextorted Ryan Valle?
Federal investigators have confirmed that Ryan Valle tried to take advantage of at least 23 identifiable victims between 2011 and March 2016. The victims included his classmates from Belmont High School and girls from an old mill town in New Hampshire.
“They really had the feeling of this big, huge, rough man,” said Detective Rachel Moulton, who first built the case against Valle. Reader’s Digest. (will open in a new tab) “When they found out who it was, some of them said, ‘Really?’
Christina Waterman, one of Valle’s classmates and victims, shared her first reaction when she found out about the identity of her blackmailer.
“I kept thinking he was my friend,” she said in the Netflix documentary. “I was so upset because I was like, ‘How dare you?’
She added, “And in the darkest moment of my life, when I thought I couldn’t do this anymore, you were the person who did this to me.”
Around the time of his Valle’s sentencing, two more victims said VMUR (will open in a new tab) long-term impact of his actions on their lives.
“These emotional scars will never go away,” one said. “I’m very glad he’s leaving, but the damage he did to us will never go away.”
Another added: “It was a very harrowing experience for me personally. It has changed the way I see people and how I can interact with people.”
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