A Stratford man last week reportedly pleaded no contest to six counts of second-degree harassment for extorting six women for nude photos via a fake Facebook account.
The Connecticut Post reports that 22-year-old Jon Lisi received a one-year suspended sentence and one year of probation.
“These young women have been extremely embarrassed by this situation,” State’s Attorney John Smriga said, according to the Post, “and their major concern at this point is that these photos somehow make their way to the Internet, causing them more public exposure.”
After he turned himself into local police last October, Lisi faced 17 counts of first-degree criminal attempt to commit larceny by extortion, charges that he reportedly pleaded not guilty to.
“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 last December.
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 reported.
Eannotti said the investigation began in August 2012 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 stated:
"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 reported. One of them reportedly turned down Lisi for a date in college.