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Streamwood man blackmailed woman over nude photos

A 21-year-old Streamwood man expected to meet a woman he had been blackmailing in a Schnucks parking lot Wednesday for a nude photography shoot.

Instead, Victor Sandoval, of the 600 block of Lincolnwood Drive, met DeKalb police. He was charged with intimidation, stalking, harassment and illegal posting on an Internet site. If convicted of the most serious charge, intimidation, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The case began when the victim sent nude photographs of herself to an acquaintance on the social media web site Facebook, only to learn later that the acquaintance's Facebook account had been hijacked and the photographs had actually gone to a stranger, police said.

Sandoval posted the photographs, along with the victim's name, employer and school, on a pornographic Internet site, police said.

Sandoval threatened to post more nude photographs of her if she didn't pay him $150 or agree to meet him to take more nude photos. The $150 was the amount the pornographic site charged to remove photographs, police said.

The woman agreed to meet Sandoval for the nude shoot Wednesday in the parking lot at Schnucks, 975 S. Annie Glidden Road; he said he'd be wearing a mask, black shirt and blue jeans, court records show. DeKalb police took him into custody when he arrived and found the mask and a camera in his vehicle, court records show.

He told police he would rather have more nude photographs of the victim than the cash, court records show.

DeKalb County Judge William Brady declined to appoint Sandoval a public defender Friday morning. His bond was set at $50,000, and he's next due in court Aug. 14.

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