POSTED: 01:54 p.m. HST, Sep 13, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 02:22 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.