FARMINGTON — Prosecutors have filed an extortion charge against a Georgia man who allegedly blackmailed a Farmington man after an exchange of explicit photos in an internet chat.
The alleged victim told Farmington police he was chatting on Oct. 11, 2021, with “Ella,” who sent him explicit photos and asked him to send some of himself in return. After he did so, “Ella” demanded he send $3,000 via Venmo or his photos would be sent to his friends and contacts.
A Farmington police probable cause alleged statement that the female “Ella” really was Jacob W. Beckham, 24, of Bishop, Georgia. The Davis County Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged him in 2nd District Court with third-degree felony theft by extortion.
The affidavit said the alleged victim and “Ella” compromised on a payment of $1,000, which the victim sent. “Ella” demanded more and the victim sent another $1,000. Police said they traced the incidents to a Venmo account held by Beckham.
Beckham is not in custody. Prosecutors prepared an arrest warrant to be signed by a 2nd District Court judge.
Efforts to contact the prosecutor on the case, Brandon Poll, were not immediately successful.
According to the FBI, such “sextortion” crimes are common, most often targeting teenagers.