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‘Texting Relationship’ Ends In Extortion, Sexual Battery Charges

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File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell block. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATHENS, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – What began as a relationship forged over text messages resulted in extortion and sexual battery charges for one of the participating parties.

According to Athens Ohio Today, Ohio University student Dorian J. Graham, 19, was accused by a second, unnamed student of pretending to be a female in order to get his victim to send nude pictures that he then shared online.

Graham was said to have made demands of the victim when he requested that the photos be taken down from the social media sites and other pages on which they had been posted.

Graham’s crimes were committed in September, when he first initiated what authorities referred to as a “texting relationship” with the victim. Mere days after making first contact, Graham was able to get, then share, the images online.

A bill of particulars obtained by the local news site indicates that Graham ultimately “did engage in sexual conduct” with the victim after he begged for the removal of images, which he said “could really [expletive omitted] my whole life up.”

“Victim complied with [Graham’s] demand against his will,” the bill noted. “[Graham] required Victim to engage in the sexual activity and to video record the activity and send it to him.”

Officials with the Athens county Prosecutor’s Office filed the sexual battery and extortion charges, plus attempted sexual battery and attempted extortion charges, on Dec. 16.

Graham was recently released on a $10,000 bond. His trial is presently set to begin on Feb. 25.

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