Former Marine Pleads Guilty to Three Counts of Cyberstalking
LOS ANGELES – A South Bay man pleaded guilty today to cyberstalking multiple young women in a
“sextortion” campaign he
waged while he was an active-duty member of the United States Marine Corps.
Johao Miguel Chavarri, a.k.a. “Michael Frito,” 25, of Torrance, pleaded guilty to three counts of
According to his plea agreement, from May 2019 to February 2021, Chavarri stalked and sent anonymous
communications to numerous victims, including three victims discussed in court documents.
Chavarri, often using the name “Frito,” contacted victims on social media platforms, including
Instagram, Snapchat, and
Twitter, complimented their appearance and their publicly posted photos, and suggested a
relationship in which he would
pay the victim to send him photos or videos.
Some of the victims initially agreed to Chavarri’s requests and sent him nude, sexually explicit, or
photos. When victims either refused Chavarri’s initial request for photos, refused to send him
additional photos or
videos, or otherwise refused to continue to communicate with him online, Chavarri began to harass,
threaten, and extort
the victims using numerous online accounts.
In most cases, he threatened to publish sexual photos and videos of the victims online or on
websites or to distribute the sexual photos or videos to the victims’ boyfriends, friends, families,
or employers —
people he often specifically identified by name. Chavarri threatened his victims and their friends
and family that he
would ruin their lives.
United States District Judge Maame Ewusi-Mensah Frimpong scheduled a September 15 sentencing
hearing, at which time
Chavarri will face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison for each count.
CyberOps investigated this matter with assistance from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
Assistant United States Attorney Lauren Restrepo of the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crime
Section and Justice
Department Senior Trial Attorney Mona Sedky of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and
Intellectual Property Section
are prosecuting this case.