LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted a
southern Kentucky college student on charges he tried to blackmail
a young woman into sending him a sexually graphic video of herself.
Sungkook Kim, 23, was indicted Thursday on 15 counts of sending
threatening e-mails to the woman in October and November while he
was a student at the University of the Cumberlands.
Kim told authorities he was in the university's science lab
about a year ago when he noticed someone had failed to log off a
computer, according to a sworn statement from Donnie D. Kidd, an
Kim said he was able to access an e-mail with attached video
clips of a young woman having sex, and saved it to a thumb drive,
He allegedly contacted the woman and threatened to send the
clips to her professors and friends if she didn't make a video for
him, Kidd said.
The woman told police she had made the videos with her boyfriend
when she was 17.
Kim, who is from South Korea, was arrested in November and U.S.
Magistrate Judge Robert Wier ordered him held without bond. It was
not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.
Kim told authorities he contacted the female student to teach
her a lesson and didn't really plan to send the material to anyone.
However, Judge Wier said Kim's messages to the woman were
"insistent, repeated and extremely threatening."
The grand jury also charged Kim with illegally accessing other
people's e-mail accounts, possessing identification belonging to
others, and possessing child pornography.
Kim denied having child pornography, but said he is addicted to
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
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