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Man Uses Sex Video in Abortion Plot

November 08, 1998|Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. — A law school graduate pleaded guilty to charges he threatened to distribute a video of his former girlfriend having sex with him unless she agreed to an abortion.

The woman went to the FBI. Now, she is close to giving birth and he awaits sentencing.

Nicholas William Griffin, 30, admitted in federal court Thursday that he tried to force his Stetson University College of Law classmate to abort the pregnancy after their law-school romance soured. He pleaded guilty to using the mail and the telephone to commit extortion.

Griffin, who graduated from law school in December, could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. No sentencing date was set.

Griffin had two friends mail the 38-year-old woman the video and make threatening calls warning the tape would be sent to her family, friends and employer. The two friends pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

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