A Florida woman is accused of extortion after sharing explicit photos of a man to several social media sites and seeking payment before removing them, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Breyanna Helen Dean, 24, of Port Richey, was arrested Saturday and charged with extortion, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. She was released later in the day after posting $10,000 bond, according to jail records.
The Sheriff’s Office said Dean used a phone of the man, who has not been identified, to access his social media account, the Times reported. According to a criminal complaint, Dean then “maliciously posted pictures of the victim’s genitals across multiple social media platforms.”
Dean allegedly changed the man’s passwords so he was unable to deactivate the accounts and wrote to him, demanding money if he wanted her to stop circulating the photos, Newsweek reported.
“Her actions directly exposed the victim to disgrace,” the Times reported, citing the criminal complaint. “Evidence exists of the defendant having access to the social media accounts due to a screenshot she sent the victim via text message of a post she had not yet made public.”
According to Pasco County Court records, Dean had a six-month restraining order issued against her for cyberstalking, the newspaper reported.
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