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Kauai man who lured sex-assault victims via Facebook gets 10 years

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 2:22 p.m. HST, Sep 13, 2012

A Kauai man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexual assaults and extortion in a case involving luring hopeful models through social media.

Twenty-nine-year-old Leonard Alpeche Jr. was sentenced Wednesday for eight counts of third-degree sexual assault and six counts of second-degree extortion involving a woman and a minor.

He pleaded guilty in a plea deal in May.

Prosecutor Jake Delaplane says he used a Facebook account to assume the identity of a 15-year-old girl in the community. He then lured girls and women as a mutual friend of a photographer offering lucrative modeling contracts.

Delaplane says victims sent him bikini and semi-nude photos. He then threatened to expose the photos and extorted sex or money from them.

The Garden Island reports he apologized in court.

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