Sun Prairie, WI asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Wisconsin

Q: I replied 2 an ad on Craigslist for a younger guy seeking older, set up a meet (didn't), father says I owe him money.

I panicked and deleted everything from my phone and ad is gone now but sure it said 20. Exchanged pics during texting (didn't think underage), roleplay was suggested and agreed to, gave my address, meet never happened. Started to get texts from same number claiming to be father, talked, reason meet never happened was wife's Jeep Grand Cherokee was wrecked ($3000), wife insisting I be charged unless I could pay part of it. I'm broke, my car needs repairs, rent is due, but was willing to pay ($1000) over installments. Received odd how are you doing text, voicemail (saved), and today's text saying I need to resolve this by the 1st.

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Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Licensed in Wisconsin

A: I wouldn't pay because blackmail never stops. Was the person under 18? Did you know it. You are very fuzzy on that part. Normally you could go to the police about the extortion, but the dad, to protect himself, will probably lie about you. Deleting the emails indicates you knew it was wrong. Go to a Lawyer now, well versed in criminal law.

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