A musician who found fame on YouTube has been busted for allegedly coaxing a pair of underage female fans to send him naked photos and sexually explicit videos of themselves.
Michael Lombardo, 23, was arrested last Friday at his Rome, New York, home after a seven-month investigation by the FBI revealed the singer-songwriter had enticed a 14-year-old fan to send him nude images and videos of herself via Skype and demanded a 16-year-old girl ‘touch yourself and show me’.
According to court documents, the younger fan told police the Berklee College of Music graduate asked her if she ‘liked taking orders’ and told her to ‘strip until she was completely nude’.
Once naked, Lombardo would allegedly direct the child to masturbate.
After searching the man’s home in December, agents found a 51-second video of the teenager on his laptop masturbating nude on a bed.
The 16-year-old, whom Lombardo met while working at her school, told police the pair had exchanged a ‘series of pictures wearing less and less to see who would go farther’.
Lombardo also directed the girl to ‘take your underwear off and show me’ and ‘touch yourself and show me’, The Smoking Gun reports.
The initially hesitant girl sent naked photos to the man, which the FBI found on his mobile phone.
The FBI began its probe into Lombardo in late-December when it was tipped off that he had organised a New Year’s Eve sexual liaison with a 15-year-old fan who traveled to meet him from Indiana.
Lombardo spent five days in custody and was directed to hand over his passport, undergo a mental health evaluation and wear an electronic monitor.
He is also barred from the internet, must observe an evening curfew and cannot have contact with anyone under 18.
Lombardo faces four counts of child pornography. Two of the counts filed against him carry maximum prison terms of 30 years and the other two felonies carry a maximum term of 20 years’ jail.
Police have also identified two other victims, aged 17, who exchanged sexually explicit photos and videos with Lombardo but the allegations are not included in this complaint.