Hamil­ton man faces on­line ex­tor­tion charge

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

A Hamil­ton man faces a charge of ex­tor­tion af­ter al­legedly threat­en­ing to share nude images of a woman he met on­line.

Toronto po­lice say a woman be­gan cor­re­spond­ing on­line in March with a man us­ing the as­sumed name Tim James. She shared nude pho­tos at his re­quest.

The man later de­manded the woman per­form sex acts in front of her com­puter we­b­cam, threat­en­ing to share the pho­tos with fam­ily and friends if she re­fused.

The woman con­tacted po­lice as the re­quests be­came more “ex­treme,” ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

Toronto po­lice searched homes in Oakville and Hamil­ton as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion Fri­day.

Brandin Basso, 25, of Hamil­ton, was ar­rested and faces charges of ex­tor­tion and pub­lish­ing in­ti­mate images with­out con­sent.

Po­lice have pub­lished a photo of Basso and a list of on­line aliases in the hopes of reach­ing other mem­bers of the pub­lic with in­for­ma­tion. They al­lege Basso used a com­put­er­gen­er­ated phone num­ber (647-6996831) to send text mes­sages as well as us­ing the fol­low­ing names:

Tim James, Smith Jones, Mike Jones, John_Turner 1029384756, Mike­james123456, Johny­bravo1029384756, Tim­james12345, Smith­james1234567892, Tim­james1234567890, Tim­james123456 and Car­los.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the case can call in­ves­ti­ga­tors at 416-808-1100 or Crime Stop­pers anony­mously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).


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