A young woman who asked not to be identified says she is one of eight people victimized by Christian Hirtzel, her former theater classmate at American River College.
“It’s one of those things where their innocence is getting taken away, and it’s just not fair,” she said.
It all started in summer 2014 after she says someone hacked into her social media accounts and tweeted a racy photo of her in underwear.
Next came a cryptic email saying “Do I have your attention now?” She says the email also included a threat that Hirtzel would post more if she didn’t send him more intimate material.
“So he wanted nudity pictures, he wanted videos where I was masturbating, doing nasty stuff,” said the accuser.
The then 29-year-old said she soon figured out the same thing happened to her then 19-year-old friend who had dated Hirtzel, and several other young women, including teens, who were also victims.
The young woman went to the dean of American River College and Los Rios police launched an investigation in fall of 2014.
In January of this year Los Rios Police arrested the 21-year-old and booked him into the Sacramento County Jail.
Hirtzel’s accuser tells FOX40 there are important lessons here: be careful what you post online and don’t be afraid to speak up.
“You’re establishing a legacy, building a bridge by helping someone else in the future by stopping that behavior from hurting someone else in the future,” said American River College Spokesperson Scott Crow.
Hirtzel is facing multiple counts of six felony charges, including distributing child porn, computer charges and extortion.
“It’s too bad because he’s a seriously talented guy, completely wasted his life,” said his accuser.
Hirtzel is expected back in court April 12.