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Hopkins Woman Charged with Blackmailing Prostitution Client

Police say Lakeyia Shanee Johnson threatened to show compromising photos of a Dakota County man to his wife unless he paid for her silence.

A Hopkins woman has been charged in Dakota County with threatening to show compromising photos of her prostitution client to his wife unless the man paid for her silence.

Lakeyia Shanee Johnson, 32, is charged with two felonies:

  • Coercion, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine and
  • Attempted coercion, which has a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim approached police May 22 and said he was the victim of an extortion scheme. The man said he had first contacted Johnson through an adult phone line in December 2010 and had three subsequent sexual encounters with her.

During those encounters, the man told police, “photos were taken” of him in “very compromising situations,” according to the complaint.

Last December, Johnson began to demand cash from the victim, threatening that if he didn’t pay her, she would show the photos to his wife, the court documents state. At some point, Johnson drove to the victim’s home, left an unnamed item at his front door, then sent him a text message, asking how he liked the item, according to the complaint.

The victim told police he thought Johnson left the item at his home to prove she knew where he lived.

The victim kept a ledger showing the amounts he paid to Johnson so she wouldn’t go to his wife, along with the dates the payments were made. Since last December, he has paid her $11,600, according to the complaint.

The victim also provided police with 20 minutes of voice-mail messages from Johnson and 15 text messages in which she threatened to show the photos to his wife if the victim didn’t pay.

On May 25, the victim made a controlled phone call to Johnson, with an Eagan police detective listening in. Johnson asked for $1,500 in cash and asked the victim to deliver it to a location near her Blake Road home that afternoon, according to the complaint.

The victim drove to the meeting spot, called Johnson and told her he was there. Johnson asked for $500 more, telling the victim that her cousins had seen the photos and thought they were worth more money, according to the complaint.

The victim told Johnson he had the money, and officers watched as Johnson approached the victim’s car, then arrested her.

Johnson told police she'd had sex with the victim and that photos had been taken, although she said the victim asked her to take the photos, according to the court documents. She called the victim her “sugar daddy” and denied threatening him with exposure.

Johnson is free on her promise to make all future court appearances, with the stipulation that she stay away from and have no contact with the victim. An omnibus hearing in her case is scheduled June 19 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.

 

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Joyce May 31, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Yeah keep it a big secret from his wife!! That is the way this Country is! HE SHOULD GO TO JAIL TOO!!! and yes his wife has the right to know.
Emily B June 04, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I agree with Joyce. Obviously this woman should be charged, but please tell me this man is being charged for participating in prostitution from the "purchasing" side. If there wasn't demand, we wouldn't have this problem!
James Warden (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Unfortunately, police aren't identifying the victim, so I can't tell you whether he's being prosecuted or not.
Joyce June 04, 2012 at 02:00 PM
That is the problem too!!! Identify these men, post THEIR Photo. Society has a right to know. He should have to list as a sex offender, attend JOHN School, pay a fine and do Community service. No one can say HE did not commit a crime as well.
James Warden (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
There's a big movement in the anti-sex trafficking movement that wants to do just that. The theory is that prosecuting the Johns would reduce the demand for sexual services, thereby reducing the need for sex workers.
James Warden (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Ashley Scott, your comment has been deleted for violating Patch's terms of use. It used inappropriate language.
Joyce June 23, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Both should be cahrged and BOTH have their photos displayed as BOTH committed a CRIME. Yes it it and should be a crime.!!
Joyce June 23, 2012 at 02:01 PM
His WIFE HAS A (RIGHT) to know. He probably has been sneaking around with hookers for quite some time. The wife could get infected with HIV!!! SHE HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW FROM THE POLICE ABOUT HIM!!

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