The former Altamont resident who pleaded guilty in September to child pornography offenses, and the charges identity theft and extortion has had his sentencing date delayed. 24-year-old Stephen B. Mislich, who is currently a Bowling Green, Ohio resident, was in court Tuesday for what was scheduled as a sentencing hearing.
Sentencing has now been delayed until January 14. The delay in sentencing is because Mislich is challenging a pre-sentence report. Additionally, the results of a psychological evaluation are still pending.
The guilty plea by Mislich was an admission that he stole the online identity of a victim from Effingham County, 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.
Mislich could face a maximum penalty of 63 years in federal prison, $2,000,000 in fines, and a lifetime of supervised release.