Deacon faces five more charges in e-mail case

Published Nov. 11, 1999|Updated Sept. 30, 2005

Five more extortion charges have been filed against a Tampa church deacon charged last week with threatening his teenage daughter's classmate if she didn't send him sexually explicit e-mails.

The new charges accuse Robert Harvey Alexander, 51, of e-mailing similar threats to young women in Georgia and Florida. Alexander was arrested at a computer at a South Tampa library branch last Friday and found to have a list of e-mail addresses for more than 50 women, the FBI said.

The five new charges involve e-mails that the FBI said Alexander sent to three Georgia Tech students and two high school students in Plantation. The e-mail writer threatened to distribute sexually explicit information about the women unless they agreed to write him back and talk about sex, the FBI said.

In the charge filed last week, Alexander, a member of First Baptist Church of Tampa, is accused of trying to extort one of his daughter's 16-year-old classmates.