Northwest Side man charged with sexually exploiting girls online

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A Northwest Side man is facing multiple federal charges after being accused of soliciting and sexually exploiting girls online.

Michael T. Sutherin, 21, was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury.

According to a criminal complaint filed against Sutherin, federal investigators interviewed Sutherin in April and Sutherin admitted to having sexually explicit conversations with young children, both boys and girls, and possessing child pornography.

Sutherin is accused of using social media sites like Snapchat and Instagram to talk to girls and requesting sexually explicit videos be sent to him.

The criminal complaint also said Sutherin admitted to using the text messaging application KIK through a screen name of “Submissive Tamer” and talking with another user about the child pornography he possessed, agreeing to send links to that person, who went by the name “Young Girls.”

Investigators found more than 130 videos and more than 3,000 images of suspected child pornography on Sutherin’s phone, according to the complaint.

Sutherin is accused of coercing at least four females, between the ages of 12 and 15, to engage in sexual activities on video, the indictment says.

Sutherin is currently being held in federal custody without bond, pending additional hearings.

Investigators are asking anyone who has information or may have been a victim of Sutherin to contact the FBI at 614-849-1765.

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