On April 3, 2018 a student reported to UNCG Police that she was being blackmailed by a subject she met online. The student advised that the subject had requested nude photos of her which she sent. She stated that she and the subject had discussed meeting on numerous occasions. However, the plans were always cancelled. The student advised that the subject began to threaten to send the nude photos of her to her family if she did not pay them $600. The student advised the subject that she could not pay the money and the subject then stated they would consider sexual favors in lieu of the money.
After an extensive investigation was conducted by the UNCG Police Department, Matthew Ryan Basden of Kernersville, NC was arrested and charged with Extortion. The UNCG Police Department, with the assistance of the Kernersville Police Department, executed a search warrant at Mr. Basden’s residence. The investigation is ongoing.