Grand Ledge man gets more than 30 years for coercing minors to send him pornographic pictures and videos

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WILX) A man from Grand Ledge who coerced minors to send him pornographic pictures and videos has been sentenced to more than 31 years in federal prison.

A judge sentenced Kevin Konen to 30 years in prison for Sexual Exploitation of Minors and an additional 20 months for Possession of Child Pornography.

Konen will have to finish the first prison term before second one begins.

Konen admitted using fake social media profiles to befriend at least 10 boys and girls between 2011 and 2018.

He would start by exchanging pornographic images.

Eventually he would threaten to send their nude pictures to friends and family unless they recorded sexually-explicit videos for him.

In other cases he would pose as someone who could help remove nude pictures of them from the internet.

He would get their user names and passwords then search their accounts for pictures he could use to coerce them.

Court documents show the fake names he used were "Jenny Mays," "Alyssa Pietrzak," and "Denny Ha." Investigators do not believe he ever met in person with any of the minors.

If Konen is released he will spend 10 years on probation. District Court Judge Gordon Quist also ordered him to pay a $11,200 in fines and special assessments.