Former Altamont resident Stephen B. Mislich has pleaded guilty to the charges of identity theft, extortion, and child pornography offenses. Sentencing of the 24-year-old Mislich (Seen above), who is currently a Bowling Green, Ohio resident, is scheduled for December 29, 2015.
Evidence at the plea hearing established that Mislich stole the online identity of a victim from Effingham County, Illinois, and then used that identity to extort and attempt to extort nude images and videos form several other victims in the area. One of the victims was 16 years old at the time of the offense and the images Mislich forced her to produce constituted child pornography under federal law.
The offenses carry a maximum penalty of 63 years in federal prison, $2,000,000 in fines, and a lifetime of supervised release. Mislich continues to be held without bond pending sentencing. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Effingham Police Department.