Closter, New Jersey Indian Pritkumar Tarunkumar Patel (23) pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and receipt of child pornography on April 30, 2020.
Pritkumar Tarunkumar Patel was arrested on November 6, 2019 and charged with possession of cyber-harassment among others.
During the April 30, 2020 guilty plea proceedings in U.S. District Court in Providence, RI, Pritkumar Tarunkumar Patel admitted to befriending four minor females on social media, three of them in Rhode Island, and persuading them to send sexually explicit photographs of themselves to him.
According to case court documents:
Patel befriended the girls on various social media platforms and persuaded them to send sexually explicit photographs of themselves to him. Patel admitted to the court that he sent sexually explicit photographs of himself to the girls and, in at least one instance, communicated in much the same way via a live video chat.
…Patel admitted to the court that he threatened and harassed the girls on social media, by text messaging, and /or by calling them, repeatedly demanding that, after breaking off communications with him, that they resume communicating with him and unblock his access to their social media accounts. Patel admitted that he threatened to post the sexually explicit photos of them online and that he would share them with their friends, classmates, and family members. He also threatened to create Instagram accounts in the girls’ names and use those accounts to post the pictures online.
On at least one occasion he followed through on his threats by posting a sexually explicit picture of one of the girls, a 13-year-old girl from Indiana, on an Instagram account he created using her name.
Charges and Penalty
The charges filed against Pritkumar Tarunkumar Patel in November, 2019 include:
* Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Impairing or Debauching)
* Criminal Coercion
* Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Possession of Child Pornography)
* Theft by Extortion
And, as per the April, 2020 guilty plea agreement recommendation, Pritkumar Tarunkumar Patel faces incarceration of 84-months in a federal prison.
The sentencing of 23-year old Closter, New Jersey Indian Pritkumar Tarunkumar Patel is scheduled for July 30, 2020.