“Sextortion” Case Sentencing

First Case of its Kind in North Dakota

A Wahpeton man accused of threatening girls into engaging in sexually explicit conduct has been sentenced to 32 years in prison.

22-year-old Dustin Coleman was convicted on eight counts in the state’s first federal prosecution of “sextortion.”

Authorities say Coleman told one victim that if she didn’t send him nude photographs of herself, he would rape her younger sister.

A 30 year sentence was agreed to by lawyers, but Judge Ralph Erickson tacked on two years for the extortion charges.