A former intern for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was arrested Tuesday over an alleged sexual extortion scheme.
In a press release, the FBI said 21-year-old Adam Savader allegedly stalked 15 different women from three states between May 2012 and this past February.
The New York Daily News reported that Savader was a political science major at SUNY Farmingdale. He had worked on the political campaigns of Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, and Romney.
Savader claimed to have nude photos of the women, and threatened to release the photos unless they sent him more. He demanded that one woman answer “a series of personal questions, relating to sexual preferences, positions, etc.,” according to a FBI complaint. He also informed at least two women that he was masturbating to their stolen pictures.
“I swear on all that is holy. If you fuck with me again I will send these to your parents. I have no problem sending them to ur [sic] parents, friends and sorority sisters unless you cooperate by answering me,” he allegedly told one woman.
Some of the victims attended the same high school as Savader, according to the complaint.
One of his victims contacted the Ann Arbor Police Department, who referred the case to the FBI. Savader used Google Voice to keep his identity a secret, but the FBI was able to track him down via his IP address.
FBI agents arrested Savader at his home in New York. He was charged with Internet extortion and cyberstalking. Savader faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
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