Fairmont man pleads guilty in 'sextortion' case

Fairmont man pleads guilty in 'sextortion' case Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

Updated: July 18, 2019 06:15 PM

A Fairmont man has pleaded guilty in a "sextortion" case.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Thursday that Dylan Matthew Deling, also known as "Jason Keens" and "Dylan Nash," pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography and one count of extortion.

According to Deling's plea and court documents, between October 2017 and Aug. 2, 2018, Deling used multiple social media and chat platforms, including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Kik and Skype, as well as text messages, to carry out his sextortion scheme. Deling extorted more than 40 minor girls whom he knew to be or believed to be between the ages of 11 and 17 for sexually explicit chats, images or videos, the attorney's office said.

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Court documents and his plea also indicate that he used multiple usernames and accounts while employing several different techniques in an effort to obtain child pornography from minors. In many instances, Deling threatened to and actually did disseminate sexually explicit images of girls to their friends and family if the girl refused to provide him with sexually explicit images. In other instances, he threatened to send associates to rape, kidnap, injure or kill the girls or their loved ones, posting screenshots of maps of their residences or contact information online.

The attorney's office said the case is the result of an investigation conducted in coordination with multiple state and local law enforcement agencies inside and outside of Minnesota, as well as the FBI.

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