Marion Man, Hunter Royal Sentenced to 324 Months in Prison for Coercing Minors via Snapchat
ABINGDON, VA (STL.News) Hunter Royal, a Marion, Virginia man who used Snapchat to contact numerous underage girls and coerce them into sending him sexually explicit photos, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to 324 months in federal prison, Acting United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva for HSI’s Washington, D.C. field office announced.
Royal, 23, previously pleaded guilty to one count of persuading, inducing, enticing, and coercing minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.
“Royal exploited these minor victims, meeting them online, and is a parent’s worst nightmare. This lengthy sentence ought to send a clear message to would-be online predators: your behavior will not be tolerated, and you will be brought to justice,” Acting U.S. Attorney Bubar said. “These cases are some of the most important that we do, and I am grateful for the hard work of Homeland Security and our other federal and local law enforcement partners, who will continue to work tirelessly to vindicate the interests of vulnerable victims and protect them from harm.”
“This individual preyed upon minors, using fear and shame to extort exploitative material.