Man sentenced to 364 days in jail for attempt to exhort woman he met on Dating App

cialis arial,sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Alex Scott Roberts (DOB 07/13/95), of Simi Valley, was sentenced to serve 364 days in jail for attempting to extort a woman he met through the “OK Cupid” dating “App.” In May 2016, Roberts pleaded guilty to felony attempted extortion and misdemeanor unauthorized distribution of sexual images. This case was the result of an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and the Southern California High Tech Task Force.

In August of 2016, Roberts met a local woman using the OK Cupid “App.” He sent her false photos of himself that misrepresented his physical stature and requested the woman send him intimate photos. After he received revealing but not nude images, Roberts manufactured a false online identity and demanded fully nude photos from his victim. When the victim refused, Roberts posted the images so that her family and friends could see them. Roberts then falsely claimed to the victim that his OK Cupid account had been hacked.

Roberts was placed on felony probation for three years. In addition to serving 364 days in jail, he is required to get sex offender counseling and must pay more than $2,500 in fines and fees.

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