Dating site blackmails a user and threatens to out him


A 22-year-old blackmailed a gay man into handing over his life savings as he hides his sexuality from a family and he is threatened to be outed if he does not give enough money. Shayne Robson conned his victim, identified as Mr K, out of £25,000 after the pair met via gay dating app, Metro reports. After the pair exchanged lewd photos, Robson told Mr K to give him money, otherwise the photos would appear online. Over the course of five months, his gay victim – who believed that Robson was also gay – gave him his life savings – worth £12,000 – as well as a £5,000 bank loan and another roughly £8,000 he borrowed. Prosecutor says the defendant had unpaid bills and was in dept, so he tried to solve his financial problems this way. The court heard how Robson promised to pay Mr K back, along with £50,000 in interest but did not pay back and the man start to ask him why, receiving blackmailing in respond.Mr K told his family what had happened and reported Robson’s blackmail to the police. In his victim statement, Mr K said: “He was clearly using me for money.”Robson, a trans man who was living in Gateshead, pleaded guilty to blackmail. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years, with rehabilitation requirements and £500 in costs.


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