Dept. of Justice: Las Vegas man charged with producing child pornography and extortion, threats & stalking via interstate communications

MADISON, WIS. – Today, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced that after an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, with the assistance of the North Las Vegas and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Departments, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging a Las Vegas, Nevada man with producing child pornography, extortion and threats via interstate communications, and stalking. The prosecution is being handled by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.

“We strongly urge any victim who may have been a victim of someone using usernames Zero, Bowromes, Akito, Lelouch, and Kami on Facebook or Kik to please contact law enforcement,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “No matter where you are from, services are available for you, and our Office of Crime Victim Services stands ready to support you.”

The indictment charges David Ohmar Harris, 25, with two counts of producing child pornography in December 2016 and June 2018, involving a minor in Wisconsin.  The indictment also alleges that on June 11, 2018, Harris threatened to injure the reputation of an individual with the intent to extort a thing of value, and that between December 2016 and June 2018, Harris used Facebook and Kik to harass, intimidate, and cause substantial emotional distress to the individual. For more information about the case, go to: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwi

The investigation to date has revealed that Harris may have used Kik and Facebook to victimize up to 500 teenage girls throughout the United States and internationally since 2012. His user names on these platforms included Zero, Bowromes, Akito, Lelouch, and Kami.

If you think that you or someone you know may have been a victim of someone communicating through these user names, law enforcement asks that you contact them, either by phone at 608-224-9345 or by email at report@doj.state.wi.us. Please provide your contact information and someone from the Wisconsin Department of Justice or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will contact you to obtain more information.

Alicia’s Law, legislation authored by Senator Van Wanggaard and Representative Joel Kleefisch and passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature last session, assisted investigators in expediting the administrative subpoena process for this case. Alicia’s Law created an administrative subpoena process that expedites the procedure for finding the location of suspected internet sex predators and provides additional funding to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) program. The law’s namesake is Alicia Kozakiewicz – the survivor of a brutal abduction by an Internet predator and was held hostage and tortured in the predator’s Virginia basement at the age of 13 – an advocate for Internet and child safety awareness.

You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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