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Two local men admit cyberstalking former friend

Two men who distributed sexually explicit photos of an underage girl in order to get more photos pleaded guilty Wednesday to cyberstalking.

Timothy Laubacker, 25, of Lockport, and Travis Guerriera, 27, of Olcott, admitted using photos of the 14-year old girl, who Guerriera knew at the time, in order to coerce more photos from her as an adult years later.

Laubacker also pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity for conduct related to a second underage female victim.

Guerriera, who appeared before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo, also pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. HeĀ admitted possessing images of other underage girls he knew when he was in junior high and high school.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said the two men used Facebook and emails to stalk the first victim, forcing her to suffer "emotional distress."

"Travis takes full responsibility for his actions and regrets any pain he may have caused the victims," said defense attorney Barry N. Covert.

The two men's guilty pleas were the result of an investigation by the FBI's Child Exploitation Task Fore.

 

 

 

 

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