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Ex-US State Dept. Worker Pleads Guilty in Cyberstalking Case

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Posted at 11:49 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 23:49:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) - A former U.S. State Department employee has admitted sending threatening emails to young women from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London.

Michael C. Ford pleaded guilty Wednesday to nine counts of cyberstalking, seven counts of computer hacking to extort and one count of wire fraud. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 16.

Prosecutors say Ford accessed online accounts of young women to obtain sexually explicit images of them.

Prosecutors say he threatened to post the images online unless the women complied with his demands, including shooting videos of other women undressing.

Authorities detained him in May at Atlanta's airport as he prepared to board a London-bound flight. He was indicted in August and had pleaded not guilty in September.

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12/9/2015 4:21:34 PM (GMT -5:00)