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Marine at Camp Pendleton arrested on federal cyberstalking charge

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Posted at 11:44 AM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 14:44:58-05

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — An active-duty Camp Pendleton Marine is facing federal charges of cyberstalking young women with connections to his former hometown of Torrance as part of a "sextortion" campaign, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Johao Miguel Chavarri, 25, of Oceanside, was arrested Tuesday and is expected to make his initial appearance Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles federal court on a charge of stalking.

According to the criminal complaint, from 2019 through 2021, Chavarri used the online alias "Michael Frito" and created various online accounts to stalk and threaten women, demanding that they send him, among other things, nude or sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves or their feet.

Chavarri faces up to five years in federal prison, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors said the alleged "sextortion" threats continued in some cases for more than a year.

According to the complaint, he allegedly told victims that if they refused to comply with his demands, he would post sexually explicit photos and videos of them online or on well-known pornography websites. He also allegedly threatened to send the explicit materials to their boyfriends, friends, families or employers, whom he would often identify by name, prosecutors said.

According to the complaint, Chavarri sent one message to multiple victims via Instagram, saying he would spend his "whole life-ruining" their lives.