Police: Aurora teen used nude photos as blackmail for sex

  • Maxwell T. Melgar

    Maxwell T. Melgar

Updated 2/11/2015 5:45 AM

An Aurora teen's plan to have no-strings-attached-sex resulted in his arrest and felony intimidation charges, according to police.

Maxwell T. Melgar, 17, hacked into the Facebook account of a female, whose age was not disclosed, and threatened to post nude photos of her on the Internet if she didn't have sex with him, according to Kane County court records.


Melgar, of the 800 block of Lafayette Street, was arrested after police set up a meeting between Melgar and the alleged victim, who told police on Jan. 27 that she had received several text messages from a person known as "Jacob Hoffman," according to an affidavit used by police to obtain a search warrant for Melgar's phone.

Hoffman wrote in texts that he had hacked into the Facebook account of "Max," an old acquaintance of the victim, and found nude photos she had sent Max when she was 15 or 16.

Hoffman threatened to post the photos on various social media sites; he even sent her a topless photo of herself to prove he had pictures, according to the affidavit.

The Aurora Police's Special Operations Group set up a meeting between her and Hoffman, who wanted to meet that night near Fourth Street and Seminary Avenue in an old hospital parking lot. He told her he would be wearing a mask, police said.

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The female drove to the lot, but was texted to move to an alley near Fourth Street and Euclid Avenue. Once she did, officers saw a person walking down the alley wearing a mask and arrested him after a short chase, the affidavit read.

The suspect turned out to be Melgar, who later told police he used a phone app to send messages using an alias and a phony phone number, according to the affidavit.

At the station, Melgar gave a taped statement.

"Maxwell admitted his true intention was to have sex with (her), and wanted to conceal his identity so as (she) would not be able to try and pressure him into getting into a relationship with him," police wrote in the affidavit.

Melgar, who faces from probation to up to five years in prison if convicted, is free on bond and is next due in court on April 2.

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