An Immokalee man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison in a “sextortion” case.
McEndy Alce, 33, pleaded guilty to the production of child pornography. He hacked into phones of underage girls and downloaded explicit photos.
Alce then contacted the girl in California. He demanded she change clothes on a webcam while he watched, with the threat that he would post the photos online. The girl did what he asked and then contacted law enforcement.
Alce was quickly tracked down in Collier County and the FBI Innocent Images Task Force, which is based in Fort Myers, conducted the investigation. When confronted by law enforcement during a search warrant in May 2016, Alce said he tricked the girl and other victims.
The Task Force of FBI Agents and a Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrested Alce. Law enforcement in Southwest Florida considered this case a success and Charlotte County Deputy Don Woelke, who is a member of the Task Force said, “This was a multi-jurisdiction effort to bring justice to our victim.”
Woelke added, “Communication with your children is vital if your child ever experiences a stranger reaching out to them online, it’s important to help them, and emphasize they have done nothing wrong and they are truly a victim.”
What is sextortion and how to identify it
Project Safe Childhood from the DOJ