A man accused of blackmailing an ex-girlfriend with photos of her naked body and sending nude pictures of her to a third party is now facing felony charges in court, a court official said.
Lawyer and retired Army Lt.
Col. Shmuel Hirsch said in a statement that the case against former soldier Yosef Baruch, 41, is now pending in federal court in Virginia, according to the Associated Press.
Baruch, who is a former sergeant in the U.S. Army, was arrested in March and charged with four felony counts of extortion and blackmail.
He was released on $50,000 bail pending a court appearance, and his lawyer said Wednesday that he has not yet filed a defense.
A spokesman for the U,T.D., Department of Justice, told the AP that Baruch was not immediately available for comment Wednesday.
A U.N. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the charges are not yet in court.
Hirsch said Baruch “used the power of his position to intimidate his ex-partner, who was afraid of retaliation.”
The lawyer said Baruche is not the only ex-soldier to have allegedly used blackmail against a female partner.
Another man, who goes by the pseudonym David, was indicted in December for blackmailing his girlfriend, according the AP.