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Gaithersburg man sentenced to 14 years for receipt of child pornography, extortion

Posted at 7:03 PM, Feb 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-24 19:03:10-05

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — A Gaithersburg man was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography and to extortion by threat to ruin the reputation of another.

According to his guilty plea, between at least January and October 2014 Zhi Tian Lang communicated with minor female victims ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old and located throughout the United States.

Lang used a messaging app and used the name “Seth” when contacting his victims. He would obtain photos of the victims from their social media accounts or direct flirtation. Those photos would often depict the victims in their underwear.

He would then demand that unless the victim provided nude photos, he would post the initial photos on a public account or send them directly to one or more of the victim’s acquaintances.

As detailed in his plea agreement, Lang threatened at least eleven minor victims. Lang admitted that he posted photographs of some of the minor victims to coerce them and sent at least one photo to another individual.

Lang must register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is an employee, and where he is a student, under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and Lang is required to pay a special assessment of $5,200.