Va. man charged in sex extortion plot
An Alexandria man has been charged with extortion after allegedly threatening to destroy a married man's life with photos of him involved in homosexual acts, according to an FBI affidavit filed in a federal court in Michigan.
The victim was on a business trip in Washington D.C. from Michigan when he got a phone call in his hotel room on May 3, according to the affidavit. Shawn Lightfoot, 46, told the man he would send compromising photos to the man's wife and colleagues unless he paid $25,000.
The victim claimed he didn’t remember any homosexual encounter, but said he felt “woozy” that morning, the document said. He also said he was missing a $20,000 Rolex watch, a credit card and $200 in cash.
The victim flew back to Michigan and told his wife -- and the FBI -- about the call.
FBI agents directed the man to record a series of phone calls between him and Lightfoot, during which details of a money exchange were discussed, according to court documents. At one point, Lightfoot is accused of sending the man electronic images showing him in sexual positions with a man in a hotel room.
FBI agents tracked the suspect to his home in Alexandria, where he was arrested on June 2.
Reached by phone, Lightfoot declined to comment. He has been ordered by the court not to discuss the case. He is scheduled to appear June 17.
In an online resume, Lightfoot describes work in the D.C. area culinary scene. He lists former attendance at the Baltimore International Culinary Institute and the Culinary Institute of America. In a Facebook profile, Lightfoot indicates that he is married. He lists four children.
Lightfoot was convicted of extortion in 2004 and sentenced to five years.
-- Mike McPhate
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