Archive for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baldwin City woman to face trial on blackmail charge

November 13, 2012


Douglas County District Court Judge Peggy Kittel ordered a 31-year-old Baldwin City woman to stand trial for allegedly blackmailing a convicted Lawrence sex offender.

Janice Boline faces one count of blackmail after she allegedly threatened a registered sex offender that she would publish his photo and name in a magazine unless he paid her $5,000.

The man — who manages a local business — testified Tuesday at a preliminary hearing that Boline approached him in September.

She allegedly told him he could keep his name and photo out of an October magazine if he agreed to pay her the $5,000. The name of the publication was not released during Tuesday's testimony.

The man emailed Boline later about the offer, and turned those documents over to police. Boline was arrested Sept. 26 and released on a $2,500 bond.

Blackmail is a level 7 non-person felony, punishable by up to 34 months in prison, depending on someone's criminal history.

A trial has been set for Feb. 13.


somebodynew 5 years, 7 months ago

This is interesting. A short time ago there was a story in the KC papers about a guy who was starting a business posting arrest records on a web site. He was obtaining the information and then sending letters to the people basically saying that he would withhold posting their information for a fee. The Johnson Co. DA pretty much said there was nothing he could do about it.

On the Dg. Co site it clearly posts a law that says that information can't be used in such a manner. I realize this is a little bit different, but similar. Sounds like our DA is willing to do what should be done.

And yes, I know that information is public, but trying to extort money for NOT posting something is just wrong.

Tanner Stumbaugh 5 years, 7 months ago

Although I hate what Sex Offenders do, they do still have rights as humans. I feel that Ms. Boline's actions are a very low-life way to attain financial gain. What does Ms. Boline do for a job? or does she even have a job? I have to agree with you, Somebodynew... This is completely what the Douglas County Law Enforcement websites state the information should not be used for. I hope Ms. Boline realizes who has more power than her after the ruling is handed down. Oh, how great that will look on future job applications! Good Luck, Ms. Boline!!!

lawslady 5 years, 7 months ago

Googled her to see if the answer to the above questions could be answered. Found this and this and this

Says she's a personal trainer. Not sure what publication she might be working for in that capacity....

mytwocents 5 years, 7 months ago

I wonder if the publication is that dumb little newsprint magazine they sell at quick shops in town that shows the mugshot of people arrested locally. What's that magazine called? And how can it exist?

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