Woman charged for allegedly blackmailing an Eagan man
A Hopkins woman faces felony charges for allegedly extorting money from an Eagan man with whom she engaged in sex.
Lakeyia Shanee Johnson, 33, was charged by the Dakota County attorney on May 29 with coercion and attempted coercion, both felonies.
According to the criminal complaint, Johnson exchanged sex for money on three occasions with the man after meeting him in December 2010 through an adult-oriented phone line.
During these sexual encounters, photos were taken of the married man in compromising situations.
In December of the following year, Johnson allegedly began demanding money from the man and threatened to show the photos to his wife if he didn’t comply.
At one point, Johnson allegedly drove to the man’s home, left an item at the front door and texted him to ask how he liked it — indicating that she knows where he lives.
The man paid Johnson $11,600 in December 2011 but Johnson left 20 more voice messages and 15 text messages demanding more money, according to the complaint.
On May 22, the man notified police, who had him make a controlled phone call to Johnson.
During the recorded conversation, Johnson allegedly asked the man to deliver $1,500 in cash to her home.
Upon arriving at the agreed-upon location, the man called Johnson, who allegedly asked for more money, saying “her cousins saw the pictures and thought they were worth an additional $500.”
Officers arrested Johnson as she attempted to collect the money.
In an interview with police, Johnson acknowledged engaging in sexual relations with the man but denied being a prostitute. Johnson told police the man was her “sugar daddy” and denied extorting him for money.
If convicted, Johnson could face up to five years in prison for each count.