'Sextortion' suspect faces Mich. child porn charge

April 17, 2012 - 3:05 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana man charged with coercing two teenage boys into making sexually explicit online videos now faces similar federal charges in Michigan.

The U.S. attorney's office in Detroit has filed charges of production of child pornography against 39-year-old Richard Finkbiner of Brazil, Ind. He could face from 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

The criminal complaint alleges Finkbiner videotaped a 14-year-old Michigan boy who exposed himself in a chat room and then blackmailed the boy into performing sex acts on webcam by threatening to post the video on a gay porn website.

The Michigan charges apparently involve one of the same victims as the Indiana case. In Indiana, Finkbiner faces charges of sexual exploitation of a child.

Finkbiner's attorney didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday.