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PD: Chandler man asks for sex video as fee for deleting woman's nude pictures

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Posted at 11:53 AM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 15:17:00-04

A Chandler man has been arrested after a 3-year-long 'sextortion' scheme.

Chandler Police report that in November of 2013, Devon Raj Sharma, 22, who worked with the victim, used a series of fake Facebook profiles to contact the victim. One of those fake profiles was that of "John Clark", a male model.

"Clark" requested photos of the victim’s face and eventually, over time, asked for pictures of the victim performing various sex acts.

Police say in December 2016 the victim received a Facebook message from Sharma saying he found the pictures posted on the "Dark Web" and offered to remove the photos for a large sum of money. The victim informed him that she didn't have the money, but Sharma offered to help her anyway.

Sharma instructed the victim to return "Clark" to her Facebook friends list and contact him. A deal was worked out with "Clark" agreeing to take down the pictures if he was sent a video of Sharma and the victim having sex. After getting the first video, "Clark" requested more videos of them "participating in specific sex acts.".

For the last video, The victim and Sharma went to a parking lot at Chandler Airport, but the victim was not feeling well and sent a message to "Clark" informing him he wouldn't be getting a video that day. When she sent the message, she noticed that it was received on Sharma's phone.

Chandler police investigated and we able to link "Clark" and Sharma to the same IP address.

Sharma was arrested on March 21. He's been charged with computer tampering and theft by extortion.