Facebook hacker arrested on passwords-for-sex claim

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 25 2012 08:49 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2012 06:19 AM

MANILA – Police said Tuesday they had arrested a man accused of hacking into his ex-girlfriend's email and Facebook accounts to try to blackmail her into having sex with him.

Joewell Santos Chan, 28, changed the victim's passwords and then demanded sex in exchange for the new ones, police said in a statement.

When the woman went to see him in June to demand he give her the new passwords, he drugged her and took pictures of her while unconscious, threatening to post them on the Internet, police said.

The woman, who broke up with Chan last year, went to the police, who set up a sting operation that led to the man's arrest last week.

"The suspect demanded sex in exchange for her passwords. It was at this point that the victim, who feared being tricked again, filed her complaint," the statement said.

Police, who did not reveal the woman's age, said they found threatening text messages sent to her mobile phone, as well as embarrassing pictures of her taken while unconscious.

Chan has been charged with abuse of a woman and hacking, police said. Conviction of the latter could lead to a prison term of up to six years.

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