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Man charged in extortion scheme against Texas A&M professor


A Louisiana man accused of using an underage girl to extort from a Texas A&M professor who killed himself, plead not guilty.

According to an arrest affidavit, Daniel Timothy Duplaisir used an underage relative to lure men into online relationships. 

One of those men apparently was Texas A&M professor Jame Aune, who jumped to his death from a campus parking garage in January.

A month earlier, the affidavit first communicated with Aune, after the professor apparently communicated inappropriately online with an under aged girl. Authorities say Duplaisir then contacted the professor acting as an outraged father demanding money for his daughter's therapy. 

He sent Aune a threatening text message saying, "...if I do not hear from you I swear to God Almighty that the police, your place of employment, students, ALL OVER THE INTERNET...ALL OF THEM will be able to see your conversations, texts, pictures you sent,..."

Duplasir sent a series of text messages and emails to the professor, demanding $5,000 dollars. Aune had sent $1500 and was trying to get more, but on January 8th, the professor sent a text message back to Duplasir saying, "Killing myself now and you will be prosecuted for black mail"

One minute later, Aune jumped to his death. Duplaisir faces a charge of using a phone or internet to extort money, and will stand trial May 28th. He is also accused of using the same scheme against others. 

This kind of scam has been operated by Duplaisir since at least 2011, according to authorities. The girl believed to be involved, told police he kept a list of people he'd scammed.

Aune was chairman of the Communications Department and A&M. 





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