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Crime & Courts

Police: Man blackmailed Sycamore girl

SYCAMORE – A 19-year-old Elgin man is accused of blackmailing a Sycamore teen with a video he claims he took of her performing a sex act on him.

Lorenzo Alvarado, of the 600 block of Enterprise Street, allegedly videotaped the girl in Sycamore without her knowledge on Saturday and later threatened to send the video to her mother if she didn't give him her Facebook password, court records show. He ultimately got her password and items later were removed from her Facebook profile, court records show.

Alvarado was charged with intimidation, a felony typically punishable with probation or up to five years in prison. His bond was set at $50,000, and he is next due in court Sept. 5.

Police said Alvarado made comments on the girl's Facebook page indicating that he was aware of an order of protection she had against him, Sycamore Sgt. Rod Swartzendruber said.

The girl sought an order of protection against Alvarado after a July 22 incident, in which he was charged with unlawful restraint, domestic battery and possession of a controlled substance. Alvarado wasn't served with the order of protection until he was arrested Wednesday.

Police are investigating whether the video exists, Swartzendruber said. Alvarado has no current connection to Sycamore High School.

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