Plea Deal In Pembroke Pines Sexting Case

FT. LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A Pembroke Pines man accused of coercing teenage girls to send nude pictures of themselves and then blackmailing them into having sex with him has cut a deal with prosecutors.

During the second day of his trial in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale, 20-year old Benjamin Rand agreed to plead guilty to possessing child pornography and using a computer to attract a child into sexual activity in exchange for a 20 year sentence, according to the Sun-Sentinel.  Rand was looking at potential life sentence if he was convicted during his trial.

According to federal prosecutors, Rand had a history of texting underage girls, convincing them to send him explicit pictures to his cell phone and then forcing them to do whatever he wanted in exchange of keeping the pictures private.

In 2008, when Rand was 17, he plead no contest to charges that he pressured three girls into sending him explicit pictures and then using them against them.  He was sentenced to 17 months in juvenile detention. According to federal prosecutors days after being released he started texting one of the victims.

Rand will be formally sentenced by U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn on January 27.

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  1. DOMINGO says:

    HOW CAN THE STATE ATTORNEY MAKE A DEAL THE SICK PERSON SHOLUD HAVE BEEN SEND TO JAIL FOR LIFE JUSTICE TAKE ANOTHER BLIND SIDE LOOK THATS A CHAME

  2. Rafael Bocanegra says:

    This guy I have to meet he has the ability to coerse with words using a computer terminal young womens whom according to the state have the presence of mind to chose abortion or condoms in other to go about their business but an individual nowhere near them can intimidate them into sending them their pictures and then have sex with him because after sending the pictures over the internet they realize that it can be posted by him I’m glad to see the level of responsibility our young ladies have and how they can make the rigth decisions whenever the state see’s fit to propagate perversion

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