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Ventura County man gets nearly two decade state prison sentence for sexually extorting teens

Bill Oxford

Prosecutors say man befriended his victims online, and then extorted them to get sexually explicit photos. They say he forced one victim to commit sexual acts.

A Ventura County man will spend nearly two decades in state prison after being convicted of extorting teenage girls online to get sexually explicit images.

Prosecutors say Connor Joseph Kerns would befriend his victims online, and convince them to send provocative pictures. They say he then threatened to post them online unless the victims would send nude pictures.

Investigators say in one case, the Thousand Oaks man demanded a 16-year-old girl commit sex acts with him. They say out of fear, the girl complied.

Two victims went to authorities last summer, leading to Kearns arrest. He pled guilty to three felony sexual abuse charges, leading to a 19 year state prison sentence.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.