California man accused of coercing 3 underage North Country girls to perform sex acts via Skype

Published 05/02 2014 09:21PM

Updated 05/02 2014 09:39PM

Dennis Whitt
Dennis Whitt/Photo courtesy of KSBW-TV and WWNY-TV
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A California man is facing charges of child pornography after federal agents say he had three underage victims from the North County perform sexual acts for him via Skype.

A criminal complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Syracuse against 40-year-old Dennis Whitt of Marina, Calif.

Whitt posed as a 16-year-old boy named Lucas on a video chat service and coerced three underage girls from Jefferson County into performing sexual acts, according to court documents.

The sexual acts alleged in the criminal complaint are too graphic to detail.

The youngest victim is said to be under the age of 10.

According to court documents, Whitt admitted to engaging in sexually explicit chats with the girls and captured video of the girls engaging in the acts.

FBI agents said they recovered approximately 48 video files and 20 image files depicting the victims. The files range in dates from July 25, 2013 to September 16, 2013, according to court documents.

According to WWNY-TV in Watertown, Whitt is in the custody of U.S. Deputy Marshals in California and awaiting extradition to New York State.

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