A 22-year-old Stratford man charged with forcing six females on the Internet to send him nude photos of themselves appeared in court this week.
Jon Lisi pleaded not guilty and elected a jury trial at his court appearance on Tuesday, the Connecticut Post reports.
The Stratford man faces 17 counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny by extortion. He turned himself into police in October.
"Lisi was tracked through Facebook and it was proven that Lisi was extorting a total of six females, two of which he actually posted photos on a pornographic website," Stratford Police Lt. Frank Eannotti said after the arrest.
Police said Lisi, who is a New York University graduate student, made a fake Facebook account under the name Tim Billards where he solicited the nude photos, the Post reports.
Eannotti told Stratford Patch that the investigation began in early August when a female reported to police that she received an email from an unknown male demanding nude photos of herself.
According to the Post, police said that email was sent through Facebook, and it states:
A friend of mine told me about you, and how you used to send him naked pictures of yourself. He sent me the pictures and I really like what I see. I'd like to see more. I don't want to release the pictures that I have all over the Internet, but I will if you can't help me out. I'm just asking for about five pictures. I'd like a variety, I'd like to see your face in all of them, and I'd like them to be in color. I trust that you'll do this.
The women Lisi is accused of extorting were all prior acquaintances of Lisi, the Post reports. One of them reportedly turned down Lisi for a date in college.