A Beaver Dam man who paid several thousand dollars to quash an alleged sexual assault charge was used as bait by police to catch the suspected extortionist.
The unidentified suspect, a 26-year-old man from Waupun, was arrested Monday morning by Beaver Dam police and Dodge County sheriff's deputies, according to a news release from the Beaver Dam Police Department.
The victim had been getting text messages from whom he thought were a Beaver Dam police officer and a Dodge County judge.
The messages received by the victim requested money be paid in lieu of forwarding alleged sexual assault charges to the district attorney's office, the release said.
"Over several months, the victim met an individual in Beaver Dam and provided payments which he thought were going to a Beaver Dam police officer and a Dodge County judge," said Police Chief Ronald Smith.
The suspect has not been identified because he wasn't charged yet. Pending charges include threats to injure or accuse of a crime, and unauthorized use of personal identifying information.
"Based on our investigation and an interview with the suspect, there was no involvement of any member of the Beaver Dam Police Department or the judicial staff of Dodge County Circuit Court in this case," Smith said.
Smith said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.