Provo police say Brad Ray Adams, 36, met the unnamed 21-year-old BYU student Feb. 22 on Craigslist and the student subsequently sent him sexually explicit pictures. According to the police report, the two men also had consensual sex, which Adams videotaped without the student’s knowledge.
According to Provo police, when the student told Adams he didn’t want to continue the relationship, Adams reportedly demanded $260 to destroy the video and pictures. If the student refused, Adams said he would release the pictures and video to BYU officials, the student’s family members, fiance, and LDS religious leaders.
The threat of disclosure to BYU officials may have been seen as particularly troublesome as BYU students are bound by a strict honor code that prohibits students from having pre-marital sex. Although the honor code doesn’t specifically address their male students taking the sausage from men who look like pug dogs, it is presumed that this particular activity would also be met by BYU officials with disdain.
After the student paid the money, Adams reportedly demanded an additional $800 or $600 plus more sex. The police report said Adams also told the student’s fiance about their relationship, which ended their engagement. Police said Adams had claimed to his victim that he had “extorted money from several other men and ruined their lives.”
With his engagement destroyed and presumably being unable to pray himself out of the situation, the student then reported the extortion to police. On March 6, Adams was arrested during a sting operation when he accepted the $800 payment from the student.
Adams was arrested and charged with felony attempted forcible sodomy and three related misdemeanors. He had a brief court appearance earlier this month and, after posting bail, was released. He is scheduled for a court appearance this month. Officials also reportedly seized Adams’ electronics to look for other victims. Ruh-roh.
While BYU spokeswoman Carri Jenkins confirmed that the victim, if enrolled, would be referred to school’s Honor Code Office for potential disciplinary action, she did offer a message of hope saying that violating the honor code doesn’t mean immediate dismissal.
“Each case is handled on an individual basis,” Jenkins said.Tags: attempted forcible sodomy, Brad Ray Adams, Brigham Young University, Craigslist