When Sherrod Ogletree reached out to his underage victims, he did it through Facebook.
The 20-year old Buffalo man also hid his true identity, posing as a female with the moniker “Mrss Guwop.”
In the end, federal investigators discovered the man behind the Facebook page and charged him with producing child pornography and cyberstalking.
Ogletree, in the latest case of a defendant using social media to produce child pornography or stalk victims, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.
“This is nothing short of terrorism against young girls," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross. “These girls were completely terrified by the defendant.”
Earlier this year, Ogletree, as part of a plea deal, admitted contacting two 15-year-old girls on Facebook and coercing one of them into sending him nude photos of herself.
He also admitted coercing the other girl into agreeing to work as a prostitute and later, when she refused to follow through, threatening to make public their Facebook messages so her friends and family could see them.
Ogletree also demanded the girl meet with him to have sex. When she showed up, he discovered the police were with her.
“It’s unimaginable," said U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. “There’s no question these girls were terrorized.”
Ogletree said little during his sentencing, but his lawyer was quick to note his rough upbringing and lack of family support.
“There’s no one here for him, and that’s awful,” John Humann, an assistant federal public defender, said as he turned and looked at a near empty courtroom.
Ogletree’s sentence is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Buffalo Police and the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.