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Timothy Freeman

He'll pay tenfold after trying to extort a prostitute

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A Medford man has been ordered to pay a fine 10 times the fee he paid a woman for sex after threatening her for his money back.

Timothy James Freeman, 35, was sentenced Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court to nearly three weeks in jail after admitting to a mid-August attempt to extort a prostitute by threatening to release a secret recording of them engaging in sexual activity.

Less than two weeks after their encounter, for which Freeman paid $100, Freeman reportedly sent the woman a text message saying “she had taken something of his and he wanted it back,” Deputy District Attorney Chelsea Jones said at the hearing.

Freeman reportedly made threats to “expose” her for who she is, and tracked the woman on Facebook, according to Jones.

The victim contacted police Aug. 17, initially telling authorities she didn’t know what Freeman was talking about — aside from a consensual sexual encounter. But the last week of August, the woman explained the payment for sex to police, according to court documents filed by Central Point police in the case.

The victim posted on Facebook, warning people to beware of Freeman, Jones said.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Tim Barnack sentenced Freeman to 20 days in jail, 18 months of probation, and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine after accepting Freeman’s guilty pleas to a felony count of attempted theft by extortion and misdemeanor counts of prostitution and invasion of personal privacy. Freeman, who has been lodged in jail since Aug. 28, was given credit for time served and is scheduled to be released Sept. 14, jail records show.

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