Wasilla man found guilty for blackmailing, extorting women with sexually explicit material of them

Published: Apr. 27, 2017 at 9:58 AM AKDT
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A man from Wasilla was sentenced to two years in prison and one year with supervised release after the Department of Justice says he “trolled women he met online” and blackmailed them.

In a press release Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Michael Thomas McTigue, 33, of Wasilla, was found guilty and sentenced on Tuesday for what acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder described as “making threats online and extorting money in return.”

The charging documents filed against McTigue detail a list of instances where he allegedly met women online, obtained explicit photographs of them, and then blackmailed them into acts such as prostitution.

McTigue allegedly utilized online apps like MeetMe and Kik to meet women and proceeded to “form romantic relationships” with them. From there, court documents say, McTigue would receive the sexually explicit material, and threaten to publish them “unless the victim worked for him as a prostitute and sent to him some of the money that she earned.”

According to FBI investigators and court documents, McTigue posted online prostitution ads for at least four women. One of these victims complied with some of McTigue’s demands, sending upwards of $1,000 to him. The FBI said at least two other women sent money as well.

A statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office says the investigation was part of the FBI’s Safe Streets/Crimes Against Children/Human Trafficking Task Force. This task force is geared towards helping “better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children through sex trafficking, as well as to identify and recover victims.”