Pedophile sentenced to 30 years for blackmailing girls into live streaming sex acts

Juliette Fairley

Assistant United States Attorney Catharine A. Richmond will always remember the name Elad Gaber. The Israeli national left an indelible mark because of the way he treated girls as young as 12 years old.

“The best part about working on these cases is being able to empower the victims who are all young and, in this case, they happen to be all young women who were just a little bit younger than me but roughly my same age,” Richmond told Newsbreak.

On Oct. 8, Gaber was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for blackmailing dozens of girls into producing child pornography for him after being extradited to the United States.

“It’s really about power, not sex,” Richmond said in an interview. “My guess is the common psychological pattern we see with pedophiles is that they enjoy the power they exert over the victims. We also did find, however, that Gaber was attempting to and perhaps actually had successfully set up a message board where he was teaching other individuals how to extort girls in the same way.”

Richmond, who works in the Central District of California’s Violent and Organized Crime section, prosecuted the case.

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“I produced discovery and negotiated a plea agreement,” she said. “I interfaced with the victims, made sure they had services and went through with the sentencing.”

Gaber, 39, demanded that his victims live stream sex acts according to a detailed script.

“All of the girls were white,” Richmond said. “There were a few Latina girls but they were all basically white.”

The defendant reportedly gained the trust of the girls by impersonating a male teen.

“Gaber actually completely stole the identity of a very handsome 16-year-old blonde surfer boy who was completely devastated and horrified to learn that his identity had been stolen and used in this way,” Richmond said.

On May 7, Gaber plead guilty to one count of use of a facility of interstate commerce to induce a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

The Department of Justice disclosed that Gaber located victims through social media and found some type of embarrassing material of them, usually suggestive or nude photos.

“With my two little 12-year-old girls, the material that he used to extort them were videos,” Richmond said. “One was in her bra and underwear and the second child was in her swimsuit. That was it. They were just standing in front of the camera giggling as kids will do.”

United States District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, who sentenced Gaber, also ordered him placed on lifetime supervised release once he completes serving his 30 years in prison.

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Juliette Fairley is a legal and financial investigative reporter who writes about politics, law, corruption, and many other topics. She is a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Chicago City Wire, Legal Newsline, Southern California Record, St. Louis Record, New York Daily News, Dallas Express, Dallas City Wire, the Lone Star Standard, The Epoch Times, Newsmax, and many other publications.

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