- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man has been charged with extortion after investigators say he threatened to release nude photos and a sex video of a 19-year-old woman if she wouldn’t have sex and pay him money, police said Wednesday.

Police officers arrested 28-year-old Bradley Richard Williams near the Interstate 380 rest stop in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. Williams, of La Porte City, made an initial court appearance Wednesday in Black Hawk County in Waterloo and was ordered jailed on a $50,000 bond. It was unclear whether he had an attorney.

The investigation started when a 19-year-old Bettendorf woman told police that she was being extorted for money and sex by a man that met her through Facebook under false pretenses.

The woman said that someone using the name “Lucas Phillips” contacted her through the site last fall claiming to work for a modeling agency. Apparently believing him, the woman met the man in Cedar Rapids, where he took nude photos of her and they had consensual sex that was filmed without her knowledge, police said.

The man later contacted the woman threatening that if she did not have sex with him and give him $150, he would release the photos and video on the Internet, police said. Heeding the demands, the woman traveled to Waterloo on Dec. 23 to deliver the money and have sex with him to avoid the release of the images. Hotel records confirm the two were there.

The woman filed a report with police in Bettendorf last week after Williams contacted her again demanding more money and sex, according to a criminal complaint. Williams was identified as the man behind the Facebook persona after the woman picked him out of a photo lineup, it says.

Waterloo Police Capt. Tim Pillack said he suspects that there may be other victims in the case, and he urged anyone who had similar contacts with a “Lucas Phillips” or Williams online to contact police.

“We try to teach people about the dangers of social media. But unfortunately, things like this happen,” he said.

Extortion is a felony that carries up to five years in prison. Williams was also charged Wednesday with violating the terms of his parole from a previous case.

In that case, Williams was convicted of third-degree sexual abuse and impersonating a peace officer in Decorah in 2005. Police said that he had sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 19 and had dressed up as a police officer, complete with a duty belt, and told people that he was patrolling Winneshiek County.

Williams received a deferred judgment under a plea agreement, but was eventually ordered to spend time in a Waterloo residential facility after violating his probation, records show.

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