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Police: Man extorted prostitute to get back $100

A Medford man faces a felony charge alleging he threatened a woman he’d paid for sex in an attempt to get his money back.

Timothy James Freeman, 31, faces a felony extortion charge after he allegedly recorded a sexual encounter with a prostitute earlier this month at his home, and less than two weeks later threatened the woman with “consequences,” according to police.

The 32-year-old woman told Central Point police that Freeman paid her $100 for sex Aug. 4 at his home in the 1300 block of South Peach Street.

Beginning about Aug. 17, Freeman began sending her text messages telling her he had video of them having sex, she alleged, and demanded $100 from her “within 48 hours or there would be consequences,” according to a document filed by Central Point police in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The woman did not consent to being recorded, she told police. She told police the harassing text messages put her in fear that Freeman would release footage of the sex act, or that he would find her to further harass and intimidate her.

Freeman was slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon on a felony charge of attempted theft by extortion, and on misdemeanor charges of prostitution, second-degree invasion of personal privacy and attempted coercion.

Freeman was booked in the Jackson County Jail Tuesday morning, jail records show. At midday Wednesday, Freeman remained in jail on $25,000 bail.

Timothy Freeman