PULLMAN, Wash. — A former student of Washington State University and the University of Idaho has been convicted of extorting women over nude photos.
KHQ-TV reports 24-year-old Kyle Gaumnitz of Richland, Washington, was found guilty in Whitman County Superior Court Friday of one count of second-degree extortion with sexual motivation and four counts of second-degree extortion.
He was sentenced to over two years in prison and three years of supervision after release. Gaumnitz will be required to register as a sex offender.
University police began investigating Gaumnitz in 2017 when they received complaints from two students. Court documents show 27 victims describing their experiences with him.
Documents say Gaumnitz would often obtain, or pretend to have obtained, nude photos of women and would try to get them to send nude photos or perform sex acts online in order to prevent him from releasing the supposed nude photos on social media.