August 8, 2017 > Arrest made in attempted sex tape extortion
Arrest made in attempted sex tape extortion
Submitted By Geneva Bosques, Fremont PD
A 33-year-old Fremont man has been arrested on suspicion of trying to extort two of his former roommates by posting a sex video of them on the internet.
According to police, the couple who are in their 20s, received an anonymous email in mid-June from someone claiming to have video recordings of them having sex. Screen shots from the video were included to back up the claim. The person said the video would be posted on Facebook unless the couple paid $2,000 to prevent it.
After the couple reported the incident to police, the demand increased to $5,000 with a warning that the video would be posted on multiple websites and shared with family members.
Detectives from the Fremont Police DepartmentÕs Crimes Against Persons Unite jumped on the case. Tracking the emails online and using metadata embedded in the photos, investigators determined the photos were coming from an address on Pennsylvania Avenue in Fremont where the couple had lived until moving out at the end of April.
Armed with a search warrant, police visited the apartment on July 27 and arrested suspect Maninder Adama, a former roommate. They also found and seized several laptops and electronic devices outfitted with the ability to record audio and video.
Detectives from the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory assisted with the search of the laptops. Inside one of them, detectives found a video of the victims. Inside AdamaÕs cell phone, detectives located the email account being used by the suspect in the extortion.
Adama was booked at the Fremont Jail on multiple counts of felony extortion and multiple misdemeanor counts related to invasion of privacy for the recording of the victims. He was arraigned in Fremont Superior Court on July 31.
Detectives are continuing to investigate this case to determine if there are additional victims. Anyone with information regarding Adama is encouraged to contact Detective Gebhardt in the Crimes Against Persons Unit at (510) 790-6954.