For months a married man and father from central Israel lived a second life online – extorting a young woman to send him explicit photos of herself and threatening that he would publish earlier pictures of her on the internet and send them to her family, according to a statement put out by northern district police on Wednesday.
The alleged extortion began about a year and a half ago, when the woman agreed to send the man a racy picture of herself. From that point on she was open to blackmail, and the suspect forced her to perform lewd acts on camera and send him the footage, all under threat that he would publicize the material.
Overnight Tuesday police arrested the man at his home in the central district weeks after the victim submitted a complaint to police about the extortion. The man could now face extortion and sexual assault charges, for allegedly forcing the girl to engage in sex acts against her will.
The investigation was carried out by the Northern District’s anti-fraud and cybercrimes unit, who said in the statement on Wednesday that the case was one of “great severity and sensitivity”.
The suspect is a 24-year-old married father of a young boy from central Israel. Police said he has “linked himself” to the crimes.