A sex offender pretends to be a fashion designer to attract children

An incident north of Syracuse in Onondaga County may serve as a warning to parents elsewhere about some of the schemes used by sex offenders to lure children.

U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Carla Freedman, FBI Special Agent in Charge of Albany Field Office Janeen DiGuiseppi and New York State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen say a Baldwinsville man claimed he was a fashion designer looking for models and asked an 11-year-old girl to send him sexually explicit videos on Instagram.

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Richard Curtis, 22, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for receiving child pornography.

According to authorities, in September 2017, Curtis convinced the child to produce and send him five sexually explicit video files.

In addition to his prison sentence, Curtis will be on probation for 35 years, pay a special assessment of $100 and must register as a sex offender.

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