Two British men have been sentenced to four years in prison for blackmailing men that they met on Grindr. Via Gay Star News:
Nathanael Foster and Adam Webb, both 26 from Gloucester in South West England, were charged with two counts of blackmail. Gloucester Crown Court heard how the pair trapped two men, with one victim even handing over £15,000 ($25,000, €19,000) to the pair. The victim had saved the money and drew it out from the bank to give to the men after they stayed all night in his home to ensure he paid up. But when the other said he had no money, the two men told him he should crash his car into a store to get the cash – the victim was forced to go to the police. Foster and Webb claimed they were posing as 15-year-olds, a year under the age of consent, and filmed the meetings in order to extort money from the men. They claimed they were being ‘good citizens’.