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2 gay men blackmail married man after exchanging pictures with him on Grindr

By Mason White 10:14 AM August 27, 2015

By: Chan Yuan
Two men were arrested on a charge of blackmail after blackmailing a married man with whom they exchanged pictures on a dating website, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 29-year-old Daniel Edwards and 30-year-old Kristofer Wagner were sentenced to serve a total 54 months in prison for blackmailing the man because of his sexuality.

Prosecutors told the Swindon Crown Court that Edwards specifically targeted his victim, first by going on a gay dating website and secondly by determining whether the victim was married to a woman in order to blackmail him.

The case was treated as a hate crime because Edwards threatened to out the victim if he refused to pay the sum of money he demanded.

According to the police investigation, Edwards and Wagner were in a relationship when Edwards logged on to Grindr and made contact with the victim.

After messaging the victim and exchanging images of a sexual nature, Edwards asked the victim if he was married. As soon as the victim admitted being married to a woman, Edwards used this information to blackmail him.

Edwards threatened to forward the messages they had exchanged, including compromising pictures, to the victim’s wife if he did not pay 2,000 pounds ($3,100).

The victim agreed to pay 1,500 pounds ($2,325). Wagner accompanied Edwards to collect the money from the victim and therefore, actively participated in the blackmail.

After the victim left, Edwards contacted him on his landline number at his home address, and fearing that the blackmail would continue, the victim reported the incident to the police.