PROVO -- Accused extortionist Brad Adams stood by himself in a sunny Provo courtroom Wednesday while a judge ordered him to not contact the man with whom he had sex and later allegedly blackmailed.
Adams was in court for his first felony appearance since being formally charged on Monday. He faces one count of attempted forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony, one count of voyeurism, a class A misdemeanor, one count of theft by extortion, a class B misdemeanor, and one count of attempted theft by extortion, also a class B misdemeanor.
As reported by the Daily Herald last week, Adams's case began after he allegedly met another man on Craigslist. The correspondence started on Feb. 22, and the accuser eventually sent Adams a sexually suggestive photograph, according to court documents.
Adams then allegedly threatened to take the photo to the Brigham Young University honor code office and suggested the two men rendezvous at Adams's Orem apartment for sex. Later, after they had engaged in various sex acts, Adams told the other man that he had video recorded the encounters, the documents state.
The documents go on to state that the accuser first paid Adams $260 to prevent him from releasing the explicit videos. Adams then reportedly demanded either an additional $800, or $600 and more sex.
At that point, the accuser cooperated with police to execute a sting operation at Utah Valley University.
Wednesday in court, 4th District Judge James Taylor told Adams that he cannot have any contact with the accuser nor can he come within 1,000 feet of the man. Adams also said he was hiring a private attorney, which Taylor admonished him to do quickly.
The accuser did not appear in court on Wednesday, but according to police reports the ordeal ended his engagement.[...]