Gray faces a felony charge of theft by attempted extortion after demanding money and threatening to tell his unidentified lover’s wife about their gay relationship.
The victim, who is from Salem, MA, told police that he met Gray over the internet and agreed to have sex at Gray’s apartment. After they had sex, Gray told the man that he would tell his wife about their affair unless he gave him $3,000 to pay for furniture he had on lay-a-way. The victim also says Gray repeated the names of his wife, daughters and their address. The man paid for Gray’s furniture.
The next day, the man called and asked for $2,400 to put on a prepaid credit card. Gray threatened the victim again by saying if he didn’t put the money on the card, he would stop by his house with his “boys”.
According to Eagle Tribune, the Salem man went to the police on April 17. Salem police received permission from the attorney general’s office to monitor phone conversations between the two and confirmed the victim’s allegations.
Gray was arrested and placed on a $50,000 bail.
“The prosecutor didn’t properly reflect the matter at hand,” said Gray, who was shackled. “This is someone I had an ongoing relationship with for at least six months.”
Gray will appear in court on May 20.
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