Crime

‘Sextortionist’ who targeted kids was back in court, and a judge gave him a new sentence

Miami Herald file

Three years ago, Patrick Killen decried his conviction as an Internet “sextortionist,” defiantly declaring he got no gratification from the sexually explicit pictures of boys that he collected from them on his computer.

U.S. District Judge K. Michael Moore gave Killen the equivalent of a life sentence — 139 years — for his series of Internet child-porn offenses.

Killen, 25, back in federal court Monday for a redo of his sentencing, was less defiant this time — but still got 50 years in prison from U.S. District Judge Robert Scola. The judge reevaluated Killen’s punishment after a federal appeals court bounced back the initial sentence by Moore, who called the defendant a “serial abuser of multiple victims.”

In 2015, Killen, formerly of Hialeah, was convicted of posing as a teenage female cheerleader to induce about 300 boys to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves that he viewed, packaged and distributed to others. When the minor male targets refused to send him pictures of their genitalia and other private parts, Killen threatened to post the ones he already had in his possession on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites, jurors found.



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