Boone County man charged after allegedly threatening to release nude photos of woman
COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
An Ashland man has been charged with first-degree harassment and invasion of privacy after allegedly threatening to send nude photos of a woman to someone else in October.
Ben Johnson, 37, is being held in the Boone County jail on a $10,000 bond. He appeared in court by video from the jail for an arraignment hearing Tuesday. A confined docket hearing is set for 1 p.m. Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 20.
In another case, Johnson is charged with first-degree property damage and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. He is also on probation for possession of a controlled substance. A probation violation hearing is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 30.
The probable cause statement says Johnson threatened to send nude images of a woman to another person she lived with. The woman and Johnson allegedly video-called each other in June or July 2022 and the woman allegedly told police she did not know he was recording. She removed clothes during the call, the statement says.
The woman allegedly told police she feared getting kicked out of her residence if Johnson sent the images. The probable cause statement says she sent a Columbia police officer a Snapchat conversation with Ben Johnson’s name at the top of the chat.
The messages included a back-and-forth that shows the user with Johnson’s profile threatening to send photos. The profile of Johnson also at one point makes a claim that he can legally send them. The phone number associated with the account is the same phone number a police officer called to talk with Johnson, according to the statement.