The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man was indicted Monday by a Franklin County grand jury on one count of extortion for allegedly demanding money from a Virginia State Trooper.
Courtney Glenn Hall, 26, was arrested on May 29 for allegedly demanding up to $50,000 from Master Trooper J.T. Harris via text messages. If the money was not paid, Hall threatened to expose the trooper's alleged relationship with Hall's girlfriend, according to the criminal complaint.
One of the text messages sent to Harris was a sexually explicit photograph of Hall's girlfriend, according to the search warrant affidavit.
When Harris reported the extortion to the state police, investigators recovered text messages from Harris' cell phone to verify the extortion. Then they obtained a search warrant for the cell phone being used by Hall.
In the text discussions, Harris agreed to pay $5,000, but Hall demanded future payments up to $50,000, according to the search warrant affidavit. The two men agreed to meet at a convenience store in Boones Mill.
At the meet, Harris, wired with a recording device, gave the money to Hall while being observed by state police investigators, according to the warrant. When Hall took the cash and placed it in his pants pocket, he was arrested.
The criminal complaint notes that Harris had been friends with the woman for several years and had given her money to help with her education.
Hall was released on $15,000 bond.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. It is a determination by jurors that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial on the charge.