Corporal Johao Miguel Chavarri, a 25-year-old Camp Pendleton-based Marine, has been charged with cyberstalking and harassing young women after he demanded sexual photos and videos online in a sextortion scandal. If the girls did not comply with his wishes, Chavarri would threaten them, effectively coercing them to send these nude and sexually explicit photographs and videos.

Chavarri, a Torrance, California native, had allegedly harassed and coerced 11 young women (who were also from his hometown in Torrance) online using the online alias “Michael Frito” as well as other multiple accounts. These women were previous friends and acquaintances of Chavarri whom he met while growing up through a chain of networks such as family members and friends in school throughout his stay at various high schools and his time at El Camino College. He allegedly created these accounts to stalk different women and blackmail them into giving him these sexual photos from 2019 to 2021, according to a complaint filed in a Los Angeles Federal Court.

Johao Miguel Chavarri, who enlisted in the Marines in 2018, was assigned to repair duties on Camp Pendleton, is a married individual currently serving under the 1st Marine Division. He was taken into custody by the FBI after he had been investigated by the federal authorities and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Camp Pendleton, a major West Coast base of the United Marine Corps where Corporal Jahao Miguel Chavarri was stationed (ABC News). Source: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/16-marines-arrested-camp-pendleton-charges-ranging-human/story?id=64568094
Camp Pendleton, a major West Coast base of the United Marine Corps where Corporal Johao Miguel Chavarri was stationed (Lenny Ignelzi/AP Photo/ABC News)

According to investigators, Chavarri would make accounts under the “Michael Frito” alias through social media sites such as Instagram and Snapchat. He would then start an interaction by messaging them through direct message and proceeding to “hit them up” by complimenting their physical appearance. After a series of back and forth messages, Chavarri would then turn the conversation into something more sexual in nature, requesting the young girls to send the Marine photos of their feet and other sensitive private areas of the body. In some cases, Chavarri would offer to pay for these photos and videos, often through Snapchat, where photos and videos cannot be saved. The user can be notified when another user screenshots their posts. However, a screen recording would bypass this alert system, making the notification obsolete.