INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 29-year-old man accused of terrorizing girls agreed on Thursday to plead guilty to 41 federal charges, court documents show.
Buster “Brian Kil” Hernandez was scheduled to go to trial Monday.
Court documents show Hernandez’s victims included girls who lived in Indiana, Florida, Michigan and Virginia, with threats made to them from 2012-2017. Hernandez posted a series of violent threats online directed at Plainfield High School in Hendricks County, Indiana, in December 2015.
The most serious charges include production of child pornography; coercion and enticement of a minor; and distributing and receiving child pornography. Those charges could bring a maximum sentence of life in prison.
The other charges are threats to use explosive devices; threats to kill, kidnap and injure; witness tampering; obstruction of justice; and retaliating against a witness or victim.
Using several social media platforms, authorities have said, Hernandez would contact victims via private messaging and say he had sexually explicit photos of the person he was contacting and then ask the victim send him more. After receiving the photos, Hernandez would then demand more and more photos. However, when a victim would refuse to cooperate any further, he would post the online threats.
In one instance, after a victim, who he had been targeting for close to 16 months, refused to go along any further, Hernandez threatened a massacre at Plainfield High School, posting, “I will slaughter your entire class and save you for last. I will lean over you as you scream and cry and beg for mercy right before I slit your ear.”
The threats aimed at Plainfield High School also named specific students, promising in one threat that there would be a “bloodbath” at the school.
Authorities have said he also made threats targeted at Danville. Those threats included racist and homophobic slurs.
On Dec. 18, 2015, authorities said, he posted a threat on Facebook targeting the Shops at Perry Crossing in Plainfield.
After posting his threats, Hernandez was tracked to his home in Bakersfield, California, and arrested on Aug. 3, 2017. Authorities had traced his IP address using a tracking tool on a video while posing as one of his victims.
Prosecutors in Maine have named Hernandez as a suspect in connection to the “Purge of Maine” Facebook page, which featured girls from Maine in sexually explicit photos.
Hendandez remained in the Marion County jail on Thursday afternoon.