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Courtney Glenn Hall, 26, accepted $5,000 from a state trooper, court documents say.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
A Rocky Mount man is facing extortion charges after he threatened to ruin a state trooper’s social, marital and work life, according to court documents.
Courtney Glenn Hall, 26, is accused of asking Master Trooper Tim Harris to pay him up to $50,000. According to a criminal complaint filed in Franklin County General District Court, Hall sent Harris text messages threatening to expose the married trooper’s purported relationship with the suspect’s girlfriend.
Robert Deatherage, an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Franklin County, said Hall’s messages included a nude photo of his girlfriend. The trooper was not in the photo, he said. Still, Hall planned to tell Harris’ supervisor and wife that the trooper was having an extramarital affair, Deatherage said, unless he was paid.
The complaint said Harris had known the woman for several years and gave her money to pay for her education, but Deatherage said the longtime trooper doesn’t have any other known relationship with the woman.
Harris has worked in traffic safety for many years and often speaks to county high school students, Deatherage said.
Harris reported the attempt to police, and text messages were recovered from his phone, the complaint said. Working with police, the trooper arranged to meet Hall and pay him $5,000 in cash.
When Hall accepted the cash, on May 29, he was arrested.
According to court records, Hall was released on $15,000 bond. His next hearing his set for July 23.
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