Brandon Gressette

Brandon Gressette. Cannon Detention Center/Provided

A Summerville man who authorities said was part of an international ring of predators who targeted young girls on social media has pleaded guilty to multiple federal charges. 

Brandon Gressette, 33, pleaded guilty on Sept. 29 to one count conspiracy to produce child pornography and two counts of producing child pornography, according to court documents.  

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that the last of Gressette's six codefendants, a Grand Rapids, Mich., resident, had entered a guilty plea on Wednesday. 

"To date, 87 victims from 28 states and Canada have been positively identified," according to DOJ.

No information was available Wednesday on when Gressette would be sentenced. 

Gressette was arrested in 2015 on unspecified charges of sexually exploiting children after the FBI arrested a man who was getting child porn off the internet.

The man told agents about another website where people would entice minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct via web camera.

The FBI tracked down the site administrator and executed a search warrant at his house. Agents then identified members of the website and how they operated.

Investigators were able to connect an IP address of one of the site's users, "samisbae," to the house where Gressette used to live with his parents and to the house where he had moved. 

When agents showed up with a search warrant, Gressette unsuccessfully tried to erase the data on his computer hard drive. Authorities still were able to recover files of child pornography.

He later admitted to being samisbae.

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