Altamont Man Sentenced For Identity Theft, Extortion, And Child Pornography Offenses

Stephen B. Mislich, age 24, of Bowling Green, Ohio, formerly of Altamont, IL, was sentenced to 235 months in federal prison on Monday for identity theft, extortion, and child pornography offenses.

Evidence at his sentencing hearing established that Mislich 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 from 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 investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Effingham Police Department.