A Great Neck man faces up to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty in Michigan to federal cyberstalking charges for trying to coerce women into sending him sexually explicit pictures of themselves.
Adam Savader, 21, entered the plea last week in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, court records show.
Savader signed a plea agreement Nov. 11 admitting to two counts of cyberstalking and faces 24 months to 30 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, the records show. Judge Marianne O. Battani can adjust the guidelines upward or downward after the prosecution and the defense attorney make arguments at sentencing March 13.
Savader admitted in the plea agreement that between May 2012 and February 2013, he accessed the email accounts of 14 women and obtained nude or partially nude pictures of them.
He then sent them text messages in which he "threatened to injure the reputation of the women by distributing the nude photographs to their friends, family, employers and others if they did not comply with his demand for additional nude photographs," the plea agreement said.
The initial complaint was filed Sept. 30, 2012 by a woman who said someone had gotten into her computer and found "naked photos of herself" that she had never shared with anyone, federal officials said earlier this year in announcing the arrest.
In some cases Savader did not ask the victims for new nude pictures, but rather asked that they accept him as a Facebook friend or just to start texting with him, officials said.
The case originated in Michigan based on a complaint from an unidentified woman from Great Neck attending college there, according to court papers. Prosecutors said many of the alleged victims are college students who knew Savader.
Savader's attorney, Michael L. Soshnick of Mineola, declined to comment.
Soshnick said earlier this year that Savader had dropped out of college in 2012 to work on the Republican presidential primary campaign of Newt Gingrich, and later worked for Paul Ryan's vice-presidential bid.