A female New York state trooper was accused of posing as a man on a dating site and threatened to post nude images of a woman if she didn’t buy her a fake driver’s license, according to a report.
Jennifer Daignault, 31, of upstate Rome, who had a texting-only relationship with a 33-year-old Nassau County woman, pleaded not guilty Monday to three coercion charges, according to Newsday.
Daignault, who has been suspended with pay from her upstate job with Troop D, faces up to seven years behind bars if convicted of the top count, according to the report.
She allegedly “catfished” her victim on the website PlentyofFish and threatened to post her naked photos if she did not go to Queens and Manhattan to buy a fake driver’s license bearing the name of a man living in upstate Manlius, the newspaper reported.
Daignault — who had several online identities pretending to be a man — allegedly began her online relationship with the Nassau County woman between May 1 and July 21, 2018, according to District Attorney Madeline Singas.
She was arrested on Sept. 13, 2018.
Daignault, who also faces separate charges in Oneida County of coercion, stalking and aggravated harassment, pleaded not guilty in that case in December, according to online court records.
“This case highlights the need to be cautious when using online dating platforms and to limit the amount of personal information you share before meeting in person or speaking on the phone,” the DA said in a statement.
Gerard McCloskey, the trooper’s attorney in Mineola, on Tuesday told Newsday that he hadn’t yet seen the text messages involved in the case.
“I do think that these charges are overblown, and I anticipate that we’ll fight it out in court,” he told the paper.
Acting State Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz released Daignault on her own recognizance after her arraignment. She is due back in court on Sept. 23.
State police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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