Savoy man gets 2.5 years for threatening teen over nude photos

Savoy man gets 2.5 years for threatening teen over nude photos

URBANA — A 21-year-old Savoy man who admitted he tried to get a teenage girl to send him nude photos of herself in 2014 has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said the sentence Judge Tom Difanis handed down Friday to Nathan Harris, who listed an address in the 200 block of Cattail Avenue, was six months less than what Clifton had sought.

Harris pleaded guilty in late May to intimidation, a Class 3 felony, admitting that in the summer of 2014, he tried to get a teen girl with whom he was acquainted to send more nude photos to him by saying he would send ones he already had to her family if she did not.

Clifton said Harris had apparently obtained the initial set of photos by hacking another person's computer.

When the victim didn't respond to his demand, he reportedly contacted her again and she told a parent, who contacted Champaign police, Clifton said.

Harris formerly lived on Melrose Drive and used computer equipment in his home to make his contacts, Clifton said, prompting the investigation by Champaign police.

Harris was criminally charged in August 2016 with cyberstalking and intimidation, but the cyberstalking charge was dismissed when he pleaded guilty to intimidation.

To aggravate Harris' sentence, Clifton presented evidence from Champaign police Officer Brandon Thomas that Harris had allegedly engaged in similar behavior with four other female teens he knew through school that began as early as 2012, when Harris was 16.

Clifton said he also presented Difanis with information that while Harris was out on bond after being charged a year ago, he allegedly electronically contacted three people, and while posing as a representative of a professional photographer, tried to get them to send nude photos to him.

Clifton said Harris reportedly told those people, two females and a male, that if their photos were good enough, he could arrange for them to be photographed professionally.

Clifton also presented as aggravation an allegation that when Harris was 15, he forced a younger boy to engage in a sex act with him, which was reported to police about 18 months after it happened.

Harris' attorney, Steve Sarm of Urbana, sought a community-based sentence for his client, who had no prior convictions.

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wayward wrote on August 19, 2017 at 6:08 am

He sounds nice.