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Indiana man Richard Leon Finkbiner charged with child sexual exploitation

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Richard Leon Finkbiner
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(CBS/AP) INDIANAPOLIS - A western Indiana man is accused of coercing 100 or more teenage boys into recording and sending him sexually explicit images in what federal prosecutors said Monday could be the largest U.S. case of online sexual extortion of children.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Wednesday for 39-year-old Richard Leon Finkbiner, who faces a preliminary charge of sexual exploitation of children.

U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett is urging other potential victims or their families to contact the FBI if they recognize Finkbiner from a mug shot released Monday. Federal officials are still trying to identify teens shown in hundreds of sexually explicit videos found on the Indiana man's computer.

Finkbiner was arrested Friday at his home in Brazil, Ind., on charges that he extorted a 14-year-old boy in Maryland and another in Michigan by threatening to post online sexually explicit videos of them that he had captured from webcam chat sites