Phony Marine Guilty of Cyberstalking, Threatening


ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A North Carolina man pleaded guilty this week to posing as a Marine and threatening women on online dating sites.

James M. Johnson, 29, of Roxboro, N.C., pleaded guilty at U.S. District Court in Alexandria Monday to cyberstalking and making interstate threats, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

Authorities said Johnson created profiles on various dating websites in which he falsely claimed to be a U.S. Marine stationed at Quantico. In the profiles, in which he sometimes used the screen name "Cuddleman," Johnson posted false personal information and photographs of a U.S. Marine, the news release said.

Prosecutors said Johnson contacted at least 11 women through the dating websites between July 2009 and October 2010 and "attempted to coerce the women to send him nude or seductive photographs, or disrobe and engage in other sexual activity before an Internet camera," the news release said.

When the women refused, Johnson threatened to harm the women or their children or to post altered photographs of the women on pornographic websites, the news release said.

Johnson told woman that he would "slit [her] throat and send his friends to kill [her]," court documents state.

Johnson faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 2.

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