An Ohio man was sentenced Friday to serve 15 years in federal prison for exploiting at least six minor boys, including one in Loudoun, to produce sexually explicit photographs and videos.
Vincenzo Leonardi, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to court documents, from at least May 2012 to February 2016, Leonardi posed as a pre-adolescent minor girl named “Taylor Capps” on Facebook, Instagram, Kik, and other social media services, to engage in sexually explicit communications and conduct with boys. Leonardi sent pictures of a minor girl and other naked females to his victims. Among his victims was a 9-year-old Loudoun boy. For that victim and at least five others located throughout the country, Leonardi successfully coerced and enticed them to record themselves engaged in sexually explicit behavior and send those photographs and videos to him.
As part of his plea agreement, Leonardi admitted that he attempted to similarly exploit at least a dozen other minor boys he contacted online, all of whom were between the ages of 9 and 12 years old. He also admitted that his personal laptop computer, which was seized during the execution of a search warrant in December 2015, contained more than two dozen sexually explicit videos and over 100 sexually explicit images of children.