Christopher Lamb stood before a judge Friday morning facing 51 charges. The 25-year old is accused of trying to threaten and coerce more than 20 women and girls into sending him nude photos of them selves.
State attorney Lou Louba said the arrest came after a years-long investigation.
“It was ongoing for a number of years. And because of their hard work and their dedication following this through to the end, we were able to locate all 20 victims and track them down and have a successful arrests in this matter,”Louba said.
The investigation began in 2014, with the first reports of the illegal hacking of cell phones, social media accounts and cloud storage. The hacker would access personal pictures, information and contact lists of the victims, and then coerce and threaten the victims with disclosing their personal photos and information unless they sent him nude photos. None of the victims did. In retaliation, he would distribute their personal photos to 'lewd websites... the victim's family and friends, as well as their employers' according to state police.
The Eastern District Major Crime Unit and Troop D patrol developed a suspect, and in conjunction with the Windham County States Attorney Office, an arrest warrant was issued for Christopher Lamb, age 25, of Gorman Road in Brooklyn.
Friday morning he was taken into custody on 51 separate charges, including multiple counts of Promoting a Minor in an Obscene Performance, Importing Child Pornography (for accessing nude pictures from victims under the age of 16), Possession of Child Pornography 3rd degree, Voyeurism, Dissemination of Intimate Images, 20 counts of Computer Crimes 3rd Degree, and 10 counts of Coercion . If he posts his $100,000 bond, he'll have strict conditions including no contact with victims and no access to the internet.
In a summary of the case, Connecticut State Police said:
"Lamb caused a great deal of pain, humiliation, anxiety, and personal loss to these victims."
Lamb appeared today in Danielson Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty. Lamb’s attorney said his client has cooperated with authorities and is currently getting treatment. He has no criminal history, and currently lives with his parents in Brooklyn Connecticut. Neighbors there said they are shocked by the allegations.
“It’s not like it was an accident. This was something that seems to be very intentional to victimize women and put them in a position where they feel threatened,” neighbor Brandy Haass said.
The state's attorney said they are not aware of more victims, but there could be more who have not come forward. If you believe you were a victim, you are asked to contact authorities.