Craigslist never ceases to amaze me in the levels of depravity its users will sink to. Case in point, take 31-year-old David Schmitt of Reno, Nevada. Police say that Schmitt would pose as a woman on craigslist in order to rape women that had posted ads in the women seeking women section.
Schmitt allegedly sent his victims nude pictures of some women and in return, they would send him pictures back. Schmitt would then use the pictures and information he got from the victims’ Facebook profiles in order to blackmail them into having sex with him. If they did not comply with Schmitt’s demands he would rape them.
So far only one victim has been identified but police believe he may have more victims.
If anyone has information related to this crime, the suspect or has been victimized by Schmitt should contact the Reno Police Department at 775-334-2115, Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
Again ladies, gay, straight or otherwise, if you put yourself out like this on craigslist you could be making yourself a victim to scumbag predators like this. This also shows not to put all of your life’s little detail’s out there on Facebook as well. Too much information can be a dangerous thing.
UPDATE 9/16/2012: Schmitt has pleaded guilty. He’s looking at 10 years for each extortion charge and 20 years for the attempted rape. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in November.