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Pasco woman got extortion charge for posting ex's dirty pics, he allegedly broke into her home

Composite photo of profile pictures from Breyanna Helen Dean and Christian Belanger-Leppinen's social media accounts. [Facebook]
Composite photo of profile pictures from Breyanna Helen Dean and Christian Belanger-Leppinen's social media accounts. [Facebook]
Published May 1, 2019

PORT RICHEY —A pair of former Pasco County lovers with a history of harassment against others are making worldwide headlines after turning their ire toward each other.

Deputies said 24-year-old Breyanna Helen Dean tried to extort a man by posting explicit photos of him to his social media accounts, then asked for money to take them down.

Both wound up in jail.

Dean knew the man and accessed his social media accounts using an old phone, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. She then "maliciously posted pictures of the victim's genitals across multiple social media platforms," according to her arrest report.

"Her actions directly exposed the victim to disgrace," the complaint said.

But, deputies say, she also left behind evidence of the alleged extortion: She sent a "written communication" demanding payment. She also texted the victim a screenshot showing that she had access to his social media accounts.

The Sheriff's Office did not release the identity of the man in this case or how he knows Dean.

Through social media posts, Dean identified the man as 26-year-old Christian Belanger-Leppinen.

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According to Pasco County Court records, Belanger-Leppinen was also arrested Saturday.

According to his arrest report, Belanger-Leppinen broke into a house at 7519 Gulf highlands Drive, the same address listed as Dean's in her complaint. Deputies said Belanger-Leppinen pried open a window and entered the home about an hour before Dean's arrest at the same address. He then stood "above her bed, laughing at her," the report said, before pushing her and fleeing.

In a Facebook post, Dean said Bellanger-Leppinen "broke into my house and attacked me the other night."

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Dean was arrested Saturday on a felony charge of extortion at her Port Richey home. She was released from the Pasco County jail later that day after posting $10,000 bail.

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Deputies said Belanger-Leppinen was trespassed from Dean's home on March 13. He fled after breaking in and was tracked by a K9 unit, deputies said. He now faces charges of burglary, trespassing, domestic battery and loitering. He was released from jail after posting $11,700 bond.

According to court records, Dean had a protective injunction filed against her for six months for cyber stalking. The same woman who filed against her had a temporary injunction against Belanger-Lepinen for the same time period.

Another injunction was temporarily issued against Dean, but later dismissed. That injunction was filed by a woman who secured a six-month injunction against Belanger-Leppinen during the same time period.

A 2015 felony charge of domestic battery by strangulation against Dean was dropped, records show, but she was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in 2017. She has also been repeatedly cited for traffic infractions such as careless driving, leaving the scene of a crash, driving with a license suspended or revoked and she has been repeatedly ticketed for red light camera violations.

Bellanger-Leppinen has a 2018 charge for domestic battery, along with a DUI from earlier this year. Court records how he was convicted of a March 2018 disorderly conduct charge earlier this year.

Deputies said the two previously lived together as a family.

Dean and Bellanger-Leppinen did not respond to requests for comment.

Contact Daniel Figueroa IV at Follow @danuscripts.

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