While we haven’t actively covered news within the YouTube community, we know many of you are part of the video sharing site and we felt this story would interest those of you who are.
Mike Lombardo, who’s known online for his music which he distributes through YouTube, is the subject of a FBI probe following a revelation by one of his fans’ friends.
The Smoking Gun has shared a FBI affidavit which alleges that Lombardo swapped nude photos with both under and above age girls (who’re fans of his work) and was planning to meet up with one who’s underaged for a sexual liason this past New Year’s Eve:
The federal probe was triggered after a Boston University student told agents that Lombardo, pictured at right, had arranged a New Year’s Eve sexual liaison with a 15-year-old girl who was planning to travel from her Indiana home to meet him.
In an FBI interview, the teenager said she “received nude pictures of Lombardo and had, at his direction, sent nude pictures of herself to him.” When agents examined the girl’s cell phone, they observed “multiple nude images of Lombardo” and “multiple explicit text messages” between her and Lombardo. The messages included “plans to meet as well as explicit discussions of specific sexual acts.”
According to the FBI affidavit sworn by Agent Frederick Bragg, two other female minors, both 17, have told agents that they recently exchanged naked photos with Lombardo and engaged in sexually explicit discussions with him via Skype. Additionally, one of the girls “reported that Lombardo masturbated on a web camera and instructed her to masturbate on camera as well.”
During a December 30 raid at Lombardo’s Rome residence, agents seized four computers, his cell phone, a Motorola tablet and a variety of hard drives and computer storage devices, according to an FBI inventory. In seeking court authorization to search Lombardo’s home, Bragg noted that there was probable cause to believe that he had used the home to possess, produce, or distribute child pornography.
Though questions have arisen about the legitimacy of The Smoking Gun’s report, it’s important to consider their cited copy of the FBI affidavit sworn by an agent. Major news outlets have not picked up the story likely due to a lack of formal charges and the fact that he’s not a mainstream celebrity.
Since Smoking Gun’s story was published, Lombardo has been silent on his Twitter. The Tumblr community has lit up with opinions on the news. Some side with him, some don’t, and some are unsure what to think.
For the time being Lombardo has not been charged.