Philadelphia man faces 5 years for gay sex extortion plot

Posted: March 19, 2014

IT TURNS OUT Steven Beisher is going on an unplanned date after all, first with a judge and then to a jail cell - and the Port Richmond resident won't be getting lucky.

Authorities say Beisher, 42, set up a fake online ad seeking homosexual sex in 2012, then blackmailed the married man who responded, extorting nearly $2,000 from the man before the victim contacted police.

The New Jersey Attorney General's Office said the victim responded to the Craigslist ad in August 2012, replying with a naked photo of himself. Beisher found the man's telephone number and address and called him the following day, authorities said, threatening to expose the man to his wife and family if he did not pay.

Beisher and the victim met seven times over the course of nine days at various locations in Philadelphia, and Beisher received a total of $1,950. The victim eventually refused to meet Beisher and instead reported him to New Jersey State Police, officials said.

Beisher, according to his Facebook page, is married and attended Kensington High School. The Attorney General's Office said Beisher has five prior convictions for burglary, two for receiving stolen property and an October 2012 conviction for theft by extortion.

Beisher pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by extortion yesterday in Burlington County Superior Court. Prosecutors are recommending a five-year prison term at his July 11 sentencing.


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