Adam Savader, a former intern for Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, was arrested on Tuesday by the FBI and charged with blackmailing and cyber-stalking women.
Twenty-one-year-old Savader allegedly sent threatening texts to fifteen women between May 2012 and February 2013, aggressively demanding nude photos. He used Google Voice to approach them anonymously. Many of the victims were women he knew from high school and college classes, sent anywhere from Detroit to D.C.
“Do it from ur (sic) phone RIGHT NOW! I swear to God don’t be stupid,” one text read.
Savader threatened to expose the nude photos to family members or the Republican National Committee, and posted some to Photobucket, according to the Department of Justice.
“I have no problem sending them to ur (sic) parents, friends and sorority sisters unless you cooperate by answering me.”
Interest in the case arose after one Ann Arbor, Mich. woman submitted the texts to police. It is unclear whether any of the victims ever distributed pictures to Savader.
Savader, a student at SUNY Farmingdale, described himself as an American patriot and Reagan Republican on his Twitter account, though he obviously hasn’t upheld the family values touted by the GOP.
Though Savader remains in custody in New York, he will be tried in Michigan where the texts were sent from. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.