Marion man charged with extorting a teen girl

BY DI STAFF | JUNE 20, 2011 7:20 AM

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Johnson County deputies arrested a Marion man after he allegedly contacted an underage girl through a social-networking site and threatened to post naked photos of her.

Daniel Joseph Herrig, 51, was charged June 15 with extortion.

According to a complaint from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Herrig allegedly met a 14-year-old girl online and began chatting with her. The report said Herrig also allegedly asked the girl to send nude photos of herself to him, posing as a high-school student from Marion.

After the girl sent the photos, police said Herrig allegedly threatened to post the images unless she agreed to meet him.

After Herrig was arrested by deputies, the report said he admitted to his charges under Miranda.

Extortion is a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Brian Albert

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