Orlando, Florida – U.S. District Judge Paul G. Byron has sentenced Preston Percyville Cresser (22, Orlando) to 40 years in federal prison for production and possession of child sexual abuse material, to by followed by a lifetime of supervised release. The court also ordered Cresser to forfeit the electronic device utilized in the commission of the offense and to register as a sex offender. Cresser had pleaded guilty on December 7, 2022.
According to court documents, Cresser engaged in a “sextortion” scheme where he would engage minor females on various social media platforms and coerce them to create and send him child sexual abuse material. Cresser would demand additional sexual images or videos, and if the victim did not want to comply, would threaten to send the previous images to the victim’s family or post them to social media. Cresser would often demand that the minor video-call him, and he would surreptitiously record the minor performing the requested sexual acts.
“This investigation demonstrates the FBI and its law enforcement partners’ vigilance in rescuing young victims of sextortion and ensuring justice for their abusers,” said FBI Tampa Division Special Agent in Charge David Walker. “We’ve seen an alarming increase in sextortion schemes and encourage parents and caregivers to talk to their children about it. You can find information at www.fbi.gov/stopsextortion.”
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the Apopka Police Department, and the Orlando Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Laurie.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
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