A Southern California computer science student has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for hacking the computers of a future Miss Teen USA and other young women to try to force them to send nude photographs or undress on camera for him.
Twenty-year-old Jared James Abrahams pleaded guilty in November to three counts of extortion and one count of unauthorized access of a computer.
Authorities say Abrahams targeted approximately 150 women all in the late teens and early '20s. He hacked into the computers of several women around the world, including Cassidy Wolf, who won the teen crown last August. Abrahams and Wolf went to high school together.
Authorities say Abrahams was able to control webcams and surreptitiously photograph the women.
"He was able to obtain naked photos of them, generally by using hacking software to take control of the cameras on their computers and then by being very patient, waiting for them to walk naked in front of their web cams," said Thom Mrozek, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The Temecula resident was sentenced Monday by a federal judge in Orange County judge.