UNF student accused of threatening to expose dating app user's explicit photos

Arrest raises online dating safety concerns

Booking photo of Jesse Martinez
Booking photo of Jesse Martinez

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An undercover investigation led to the arrest of a University of North Florida student accused of threatening to expose explicit photos of a person he met on a dating app, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Jesse Martinez, 21, is charged with unlawful use of a two-way communication device and making threats with intent to compel. 

Police said he threatened to expose nude photos he received from a man he met on the Grindr dating app.

According to the arrest report obtained by News4Jax on Wednesday, Martinez used two different names, "J" and "Mike," in a chat room, and asked the man to exchange nude photos with him.

After the exchange, police said, he threatened to post the photos on the internet if the man didn't meet him for oral sex.

An undercover detective then set up a meeting with "Mike" Tuesday on the UNF campus, where Martinez was taken into custody, according to the arrest report. 

“He’s probably done it before and succeeded," said Christopher Hamer, an internet networking security consultant. "And the more he’s successful at it, the more they’re capable of getting their way, the more he’s willing to do it and the more they are immune for prosecution.”

Martinez was booked on Tuesday into the Duval County jail, where he was ordered held on $77,500 bond.

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