A Florida teen was charged with extortion and cyber stalking after he threatened to leak photos and videos of a state senator’s breasts.
Jeremy Kamperveen, 19, of Plantation, had obtained the photos of Florida Senator Lauren Book and initially requested that she pay $5,000 to have them removed.
Kamperveen had communicated with Book through text which included sending photos of the official with her breasts exposed and even threatened to end her career by sending them out. It is unclear how he obtained the snaps, which Book has since branded ‘distorted, fake and stolen.’
Federal agents had taken over for Book during the course of the investigation and had negotiated the payout amount with Kamperveen.
Using the lawmaker’s identity, they agreed to meet Kamperveen for a payout of $4,000 at a local Starbucks in exchange of having the content deleted.
He was then found and arrested at the coffee shop on November 17 by deputies with the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Florida teen Jeremy Kamperveen, 19, has been charged with extortion and cyber stalking after he threatened to leak a female state official’s sexually explicit photos and videos
Kamperveen had contacted Florida Senator Lauren Book and threatened to end her career after sending explicit messages to her that included pictures of her breasts
According to officials, Kamperveen admitted sending the messages and photos to Books. The messages were reportedly still found on his phone as well as a folder containing the photos and videos of her.
Investigators had reportedly began communicating with Kamperveen using Book’s identity starting on November 13, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Book had reported the incident to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement the day before, according to the arrest report.
The report also indicated that Kamperveen had asked for a selfie and also promised not to do anything with Book’s photos as long as she cooperated with him.
Book reported the incident to Florida Department of Law Enforcement and an investigation was then launched
The investigator, as Book, then asked Kamperveen what he really wanted in exchange.
‘I am here because you turn me on. If you wish to pay money instead, then I can take that deal,’ he said.
‘I truly was only here for pictures and videos so I did not think about a reasonable cash reward. It would not be a small amount so take your choice.’
The investigator also asked Kamperveen when ‘when will it end?’ to which he responded ‘It will end once the money gets sent over.’
Kamperveen then began to negotiate an exchange with the investigator as he said he wanted ‘some gift cards’ as well as $5,000 to have the photos and videos erased.
They were able to negotiate to a $4,000 asking price and the investigator then prompted Kamperveen ‘to erase everything’ in front of them.
He was later arrested after they had set up a meeting at the local Starbucks and charged with extortion.
However, he was later released on a $60,000 bond but with electronic monitoring and was barred from contacting Book as well as using the Internet.
Kamperveen and an investigator, posing as Book, had negotiated a $4,000 deal in exchange of having the explicit content deleted
Book has since released a statement following the release of the arrest report and being identified as the victim in the case.
She has remained an advocate for victims of child sexual abuse after she had been molested by her nanny when she was younger.
She also expressed regret in having her identification revealed as she attempted to ensure privacy through Marsy’s Law.
Under Marsy’s Law, law enforcement is required to protect the victim’s rights and their identity until prosecution.
Book released a statement of her own to formerly identify herself as the victim in the case
‘Three weeks ago, I became the victim of ongoing sexual harassment and extortion,’ she said in a statement.
‘I immediately notified law enforcement and began working closely with them to track those responsible for sending threatening and disturbing images and messages to my phone, including distorted, fake and stolen images created in an effort to intimidate, threaten, and extort me.
‘My family and I are most grateful to law enforcement for their swift action resulting in the apprehension of one suspect.
‘However, the investigation is active and ongoing to ensure that other individuals that could be behind these serious criminal acts that are targeting me are apprehended and brought to justice.
‘I want to thank my Senate family, Democratic Caucus, and the Senate President for maintaining my privacy and supporting me throughout this process.
‘Law enforcement made clear they needed the investigation to remain private and I invoked Marsy’s Law to protect my identity as a victim as provided in Florida’s Constitution.
‘Sadly, the application of Marsy’s law has weaknesses as the ongoing investigation was released and my identity was revealed.
‘While I have dedicated my entire life to public service and have never shied away from speaking publicly about personal and private matters, I am now asking for the respect of privacy for myself, my family — including my two very young children — and for the safety of agents involved in this ongoing case.’
Source: Daily Mail UK