Grown Men Posing As Teens Coerced Young Girls Into Grotesque Sex Acts And Dubbed Their Porn Posse ‘Bored Group’

"Pornography led me down a very dark road," ringleader Christian Maire sobbed in court as he was sentenced to 40 years. 

Nine men, who formed a porn posse dubbed the “Bored Group,” posed online as teenage boys for years to manipulate teen girls into performing sex acts while they watched for their perverse pleasure.

More than 100 girls across the country, ranging in age from 10 to 17, were victimized and sexually exploited by the group, which operated from 2012 to 2017, according to the Detroit Free Press

The group's members divided themselves into three groups, each with a specific role in manipulating their teen victims: “talkers,” “hunters,” and “loopers,” according to court records cited by the paper.

The "talkers" were responsible for finding young victims; The “hunters" were in charge of luring those very same girls to unmonitored chat rooms where they were coerced into on-camera sexual acts (in one particularly grotesque case, a girl was manipulated into having sex with her dog); Then, there were the "loopers,” whose role was to intervene if a victim became suspicious or didn’t want to perform sexually, figuring out a way to force victims to do so, even if that meant blackmail.

Some girls were even coerced into cutting themselves.

Christian Maire, a 40-year-old from Binghamton, New York, was sentenced Wednesday to 40 years in prison for running the operation.

One of the victims, a girl from Michigan, helped the FBI crack down on the scheme in 2017. Many of the victims showed up in the Detroit courtroom Wednesday to share how much pain they went through as Maire sobbed in court.

"I'm really so ashamed of myself and all the harm I've caused my victims," Maire (pictured) told U.S. District Judge Stephen Murphy. "I never knew I could sink this low ... but I am sick. Pornography led me down a very dark road. If I was here as a parent instead of a defendant, I would be devastated."

Maire is married and a father of two.

Despite his emotional outbursts, not everyone thought he was genuine.

A victim in the courtroom could be heard whispering to a friend a reminder that the group forced girls to cut themselves, according to the Detroit Free Press.

"I am a 20-year-old girl standing here today, facing the monsters that destroyed my childhood due to child exploitation," one victim from New Orleans stated, adding that she was just 16 when she was sucked into the porn scheme. "The internet was my escape from depression that I didn't know I had at the time.''

She said she thought the members of the group were her friends.

“I was blackmailed into doing things I didn't want to do,” she said. "They would threaten to come to my house and hurt my family and I. They even named everyone in my house, so I knew that these threats were serious. They would tell me to take off my clothes and touch myself in sexual ways. So, I would try to accommodate their desires because I was scared."

Maire wasn’t the only one sentenced for his role in the group on Wednesday.

Jonathan Negroni Rodriguez, 37, of West Hollywood, California, was sentenced to 35 years, according to the Detroit News. Arthur Simpatico, 47, from Mississauga, Ontario was given 38 years while Brett Sinta, 36, of Hickory, North Carolina was handed down over 30 years.

Several other men are awaiting their sentencing.

[Photo: Broome County Sheriff’s Office]

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