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A 26-year-old man is in custody in California in a "sextortion" case, after he was hunted by federal authorities for allegedly making cyber threats to girls, producing child pornography and threatening to use explosive devices at Indiana schools, allegedly telling one victim, "I will slaughter your entire class," federal prosecutors say.

The suspect, Buster Hernandez, also known as "Brian Kil," was arrested Aug. 3, officials said.

"His stated goal through social media, which we received in his words: He wanted to be the worst cyber terrorist that ever lived," Josh Minkler, U.S. attorney for Indiana's southern district, said at a news conference today. "The evidence showed he was well on his way to achieving that goal."

Prosecutors described the search to find the cyber suspect as "astronomical" and said about 100 search warrants were issued.

"We used traditional law enforcement techniques to try to trace 'Brian Kil' back in January of 2016," Minkler said. "We have an excellent group of cyber investigators but those techniques initially proved ineffective. The individual labeling himself as 'Brian Kil' used ... a sophisticated dark-web, which allowed him to mask his IP address. He thought he could not be found, and in the cyber world, this was the modern equivalent of looking for a needle in a haystack."

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