An Ohio man pleaded guilty Monday to posing as a young girl and getting young boys in Loudoun County to post sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Vincenzo Leonardi, 27, of Lakewood, OH, was indicted Nov. 3. He faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison with a maximum penalty of 30 years when sentenced May 12.
Evidence showed that between May 2012 and February 2016, Leonardi posed as a minor girl named “Taylor Capps” on Facebook, Instagram and other social media services with the intent of luring young boys to engage in sexually explicit communications and conduct. As part of the scheme, he sent pictures of a minor girl and other naked females to his victims, and asked them to reciprocate with photos or videos of themselves. One victim was 9.
Leonardi’s computer had more than two dozen sexually explicit videos and more than 100 pictures.