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Cops arrest man over online ‘sextortion’

Updated

By Martin Sadongdong

With the advancement of technology and advent of Internet, connecting with almost anyone becomes possible through various means.

(photo courtesy of NCRPO)

(photo courtesy of NCRPO)

However, authorities continue to warn the public against persons who use it to harm others after a man who allegedly blackmailed a female gamer for sexual advancements was arrested by cops in an entrapment operation in Pasay City, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) bared on Friday.

NCRPO Director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar identified the suspect as Jeffrey Dizon, 30, of Fidel E. Reyes St., Malate, Manila.

Dizon was arrested by elements of NCRPO’s Regional Special Operations Unit (RSOU) in an entrapment operation in front of a hotel on EDSA, Pasay around 5 p.m. Thursday.

According to the 22-year-old victim, alias Maria, he met Dizon sometime in September 2017 through online gaming application Clash of Clans (CoC).

Maria said Dizon befriended her on Facebook until they became friends and chatmates. The relationship between the two gamers apparently blossomed until they decided to create a single Facebook account which only themselves knew the password.

In October 2017, Dizon allegedly asked Maria to send nude pictures and videos over Messenger application, to which the victim complied, police said.

It was learned that Maria is a married woman and on April 4, 2018, her husband accidentally saw a video call from Dizon through their secret Facebook account.

Dizon and Maria’s husband apparently talked to each other where the suspect told the latter: “Bigyan mo lang ako ng ilang araw, mapapasa akin na ang asawa mo. G*** ka, huwag kang mag-alala, isasauli ko rin siya sa iyo, papatikimin ko lang (Give me a few days and your wife will be mine. [Expletive] Don’t worry, I’ll return her to you, I’ll just use her).”

A confrontation between Maria and her husband ensued which resulted to their separation until the victim left their house in Bacolod.

Continuing relationship

Over the course of a few weeks, Dizon and Maria continued their affair.

It was only on May 6, 2018 that Maria came home when she learned that her child was sick. Maria and her husband apparently mended ties and saved their failing marriage.

Maria then told Dizon she was breaking up with him. The following day, relatives and close friends of Maria and her husband told them that they received an anonymous message containing a private video of the victim.

Maria further said the suspect continued to harass her and demanded her to send nude pictures or he will post her ‘private’ selfies on Facebook.

This prompted the couple to seek assistance of an investigative television program where the host relayed the information to the NCRPO, and finally resulting in the entrapment operation.

Jailed

Dizon was brought to the detention facility of the RSOU-NCRPO and he will be charged for violation of Republic Act 9995 also known as Anti-Photo and Video Voyeurism Act of 2009 punishable by imprisonment of three to seven years and fine of P500, 000.

With the arrest, Eleazar commended the response of the RSOU operatives in arresting Dizon.

“Further, [I] assure the public that Team-NCRPO is committed to fight against all forms of criminality within the metro,” he added.

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