A New York man who police say hacked the Facebook accounts of teen girls and demanded they send him obscene materials is in jail in Burleigh County and facing four felony counts that could send him to prison for decades if he’s convicted.
Eric Latorre-Rolon, 25, made his initial appearances in two cases on Wednesday. Police in two affidavits say they responded to reports that a minor had received obscene materials through the Facebook account of a second teenager, who later told police the account had been hacked and several people had received the images.
Police executed a search warrant of the second teen’s phone, which showed an ongoing message conversation between the teen and Latorre-Rolon in which the man “regularly demands obscene content,” the affidavit alleges. Another message from the teen to a friend says “he’s ruining my life.”
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Police searched accounts linked to Latorre-Rolon and found video and images depicting a sexual performance by a minor, the affidavit says. They also found chat conversations in which they say he “directs, instructs, demands and threatens” juvenile females to perform the acts.
Latorre-Rolon was being held in the Burleigh Morton Detention Center on $100,000 cash or surety bond. He is charged with three counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor and one count of possessing prohibited materials. His attorney, Garret Ludwig, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department started investigating the reports in March, Lt. Tracy Nelson said. Once a warrant was issued for Latorre-Rolon, the department contacted authorities in New York to arrest him. He fought extradition, and authorities had to go through a lengthy process before they could bring him to North Dakota. The final step was for the top official in each state to sign a governor's warrant.
"Law enforcement works well together all over the U.S.," Nelson said. "If they called us, we'd do the same."
The county hired a transport company to bring Latorre-Rolon to North Dakota, Nelson said.
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