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FBI: UNC student enticed young boys to send explicit photos, videos

Posted May 6, 2011 11:09 a.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2011 12:20 p.m. EDT

— A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student arrested Tuesday on child sex charges was posing as a teen girl online to get young boys to send pornographic images and videos of themselves to him, according to the FBI.

FBI agents arrested Corey Gallisdorfer, 19, of Lewisville, at the Granville Towers South residence hall and charged him with sexual exploitation of children.

According to an affidavit filed to support an arrest warrant, Gallisdorfer posed as a 14-year-old girl on Facebook and contacted 12-, 13- and 14-year-old boys at various schools near Atlanta. He persuaded them to send sexually explicit images and videos, and he then told them he would share the items with their friends unless they sent more photos and videos, the affidavit states.

FBI agents traced the online accounts used in the scheme to websites where child pornography is often traded, the affidavit states.

Agents also were able to obtain an instant messenger account and a cellphone number from some of the alleged victims that they traced back to Gallisdorfer, according to the affidavit.

When Gallisdorfer was arrested, the FBI seized his laptop computer from his dorm room, and a preliminary examination of it found an explicit video and some photos of young boys, according to the affidavit.

Gallisdorfer was released into his parents' custody after posting a $50,000 bond. He was placed under house arrest and was ordered not to have Internet access or possess any pornographic material.