St. Paul man pleads guilty in ‘online sextortion scheme’ involving hundreds of minors

A St. Paul man has pleaded guilty to federal charges in what US attorney Andrew Luger called an “online sextortion scheme” that targeted hundreds of girls across the United States.

Yue Vang, 31, pleaded guilty to two counts of producing child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography and one count of interstate communications with intent to extort.

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Court documents indicate that Vang created and used several different online accounts where he created fake personas to prey on underage girls across the United States. He is accused of then coercing the victims into creating explicit images and videos to send to him.

The U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Minnesota reports that the investigation has so far identified more than 500 girls, but law enforcement is still trying to confirm the identities of the remaining victims.

Vang was ordered to remain in custody pending his sentencing hearing, which will be set for a later date, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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