EAST LANSING, Mich. -- A former Holy Redeemer football coach charged in May with producing child pornography is facing new charges in Michigan for allegedly tricking people into performing sex acts over Skype and then sending the images to others on the social networking site Facebook.
Joseph Ostrowski, 29, of Wilkes-Barre, who remains jailed while awaiting trial in the earlier case, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Grand Rapids, Mich., on one count of cyber-stalking.
Ostrowski was charged by Pennsylvania authorities in May with one count each of sexual exploitation of children and interstate communications of threats.
Prosecutors said that between Dec. 31, 2011 and April 18, 2012, Ostrowski enticed a minor to perform sexually explicit conduct, which he then transmitted via an electronic device. He also used that device to threaten to ruin the person‚??s reputation with the intent of extorting money.
According to the new indictment, between March 2010 and Dec. 24, 2011 Ostrowski accessed the Facebook accounts of other persons without their knowledge, then ‚??took over‚?Ě the accounts, blocking the true holder from regaining access.
Ostrowski, while in Pennsylvania, then used those accounts to contact people in East Lansing, Mich., posing as the true account holder. He persuaded the East Lansing residents to engage in sexually explicit acts over Skype, a video-telephone service that operates over the Internet.
The indictment says Ostrowski recorded the acts without their knowledge. He then used the compromised Facebook accounts to send images to other Facebook accounts and to inform the alleged victims he had done so.
It was unclear Thursday if the Pennsylvania and Michigan cases are related. Ostrowski‚??s attorneys, Frank Nocito and Phil Gelso, did not return a phone message Thursday.
Peter J. Smith, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, has released few details regarding the precise activity that led to the charges against Ostrowski.
In a press release issued after Ostrowski‚??s arrest in May, Smith noted the charges resulted from an investigation by FBI agents in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The release provided no further details.
Heidi Havens, spokeswoman for Smith, on Thursday said no other information would be released.
Hagen W. Frank, the U.S. attorney in Michigan who is prosecuting that case, could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Ostrowski had served as the varsity football coach at Holy Redeemer in Wilkes-Barre from June 2011 until his arrest in May. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in the Pennsylvania case.
Pre-trial motions in that case are due to be filed by Sept. 7. No trial date has been set.