A 36-year-old Orem man was arrested and charged with extorting a 21-year-old Brigham Young University student for sex and money.
Brad Ray Adams was charged in 4th District Court on March 12 on one count of attempted forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony; one count of voyeurism, and one count of theft by extortion and attempted theft by extortion.
The student met Adams on Craigslist and the two began exchanging emails and text messages, Provo police said. After the student sent Adams suggestive photos of himself, Adams threatened to expose the student to his school and family, which could result in his expulsion, police said.
The two eventually met and had consensual sex, charging documents state. After the encounter, the student tried to stop all future contact, but Adams persisted and told the student that he had recorded the entire sexual experience and would release the video to BYU honor-code officials unless he was paid $260, police said.
The victim paid Adams the money, but continued to be pressured by Adams for more money – $800 or $600 plus sex, charging documents say.
The student contacted police who set up a sting operation. After the victim paid Adams an additional $800 in exchange for the compromising photos, Adams was arrested and later confessed to the crime, police said.
Officials seized Adams’ electronics to look for other victims. Anyone with information on other victims is encouraged to call Detective Brian Taylor at 801-852-7328.