A child modeling agent arrested in May for posing as a teenage girl online to solicit sexually explicit photos of young boys is in trouble again. He is now being charged with using those photos to blackmail his victims.
The former Boca Raton resident was charged last week with using Facebook to threaten the boys who sent him photos and videos of themselves. He demanded they send more photos or find friends who would do sexually explicit video chats, according to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement report.
If they refused, the 43-year-old man threatened them, writing in a Facebook chat to one boy, “sux for u then … u have to live with the conseqinces.” He responded with laughter after the boy announced he was calling the police, saying the teen would only get himself in trouble.
The tale of Anthony Carlton Fonseca unraveled in May when he was busted on 30 counts of possessing child pornography, after authorities discovered sexual photos on his computer.
The latest charges stem from a review of a Facebook search warrant and photographs recovered from his computer, according to court documents. Because the case remains open, authorities with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office would not comment further.
Fonseca, who owned Anthony Carlton Management and lived in Boca Raton until April, couldn’t be reached Wednesday. He was released from the Palm Beach County Jail last Tuesday, the day of his arrest, after posting $57,500 bail. Court records show he has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
This is not the first time Fonseca, who may have worked for other modeling and talent agencies in South Florida, has faced sex-related charges involving a young boy. In 2008, he pleaded guilty to a misdeameanor voyeurism charge after standing on a toilet and spying on a teenage boy in the bathroom of a Delray Beach movie theater, according to Sun Sentinel archives.
Fonseca came to authorities’ attention again in January, when Facebook security officials reported him to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and a Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent was assigned to the case. Investigators with the social network created a report that said he was grooming, soliciting and extorting young boys.
They discovered that between July 2011 and October 2012, Fonseca created at least one phony account with the name Amanda Peterson and requested nude photos from boys, promising to send some in return. He listed Amanda’s age as 16.
Using the account, he convinced four boys between the ages of 12 and 17 — one of whom was a client at his modeling agency — to send nude photos and videos and perform sexual acts via video chat, according to the report. Three of the four victims live in Florida; a fourth lives in Alabama.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent found Fonseca created Skype and email accounts associated with the name Amanda Peterson. He used them to communicate with the teens and collect the images.
Fonseca contacted his first victim, a 16-year-old Coral Springs boy and modeling client, the day he created the Facebook account in July 2011. He offered to send nude pictures if the boy sent some of himself, the report states. The boy complied and sent photos and videos in poses “Amanda” requested.
Soon after, Fonseca — still pretending to be a teenage girl — threatened to post the videos unless the boy recruited his friends to video chat.
When the agent interviewed the boy at his school in April, he said he thought Amanda Peterson was a girl he met at a party. He said the two communicated through text messages and Skype, but he never saw Amanda’s face because her account always said “viewer unavailable.”
One victim, a 17-year-old Sarasota boy, typed in all caps that he was going to call the police after Fonseca wrote that he could post nude videos of him on his friends’ Facebook pages. Fonseca responded by saying, “lol … I am 16. u will only get urseelf in trouble 2.”
Authorities searched Fonseca’s Jupiter home on May 15, seizing two laptops, hard copy photos and other items. A review of the computer revealed sexually explicit photos and videos of the four victims, many of which were saved in a folder labeled “Amateur Boys Series,” according to the documents.
Fonseca directed the boys in the videos, telling them which sex acts to perform and how to pose. In all, investigators found 47 photos and 10 videos on the computer. They also discovered printouts of the photos inside the house, the report states.
When agents tried to speak to him in May, Fonseca denied involvement. He requested to speak to his attorney, ending the conversation.