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Former coach allegedly “tricked” people into engaging in sexually explicit acts

Michael Sisak, The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. –

A former Holy Redeemer football coach facing child porn charges in Pennsylvania was hit with another indictment today — this time in Michigan.

A federal grand jury indicted Joseph J. Ostrowski, 28, on charges he hacked into Facebook accounts and “tricked” users of the Skype video chat service into engaging in sexually explicit acts.

According to the indictment, Ostrowski then distributed the images through the hacked Facebook accounts.

Ostrowski’s attorneys, Frank W. Nocito and Philip Gelso, declined comment.

Ostrowski was indicted in Scranton in May on charges of producing and attempting to produce child pornography and interstate extortion.

The grand jury in that case alleged Ostrowski “persuaded and enticed, and attempted to persuade and entice, a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.”

The alleged offenses took place between Dec. 31 and April 18, according to the indictment.

The charges against Ostrowski resulted from an investigation by the FBI and involved agents from Scranton and Michigan, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The indictment today did not mention child pornography and did not list the ages of the people Ostrowski allegedly victimized.

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