A Gladstone woman will not go to jail after being convicted in October of extortion in a bizarre case in which she dressed up a 60-year-old male coworker in her underwear, tied him up and took his picture.
Lynchburg Circuit Judge Leyburn Mosby sentenced Harriett Sharta Bailey, 27, to 12 months probation Friday. Mosby reduced an earlier conviction of credit card theft to petit larceny.
“This is a most unusual case and in this court’s opinion, the victim is as much at fault for bringing on this matter as you were,” Mosby told Bailey.
The woman’s lawyer, Joseph Sanzone, said there would have been no discussion of money if the victim had not broached the subject to begin with.
However, Mosby said, what was a consensual matter changed when the woman started taking photos.
According to testimony in the October trial, her coworker invited her over and participated in the tying up. However, once he realized she was taking pictures of him, he became upset.
The man testified that Bailey then took out a knife and told him to give her $7,000 or she would cut him to pieces and show the photos to his friends, family and coworkers. He testified that she also hit him in the head with a liquor bottle.
Bailey maintained, however, that the man had promised her money in exchange for the encounter. Her testimony about when the promise was made and when money or credit cards were to have been exchanged, however, was inconsistent.
During her arrest shortly after the May incident, police found several of the man’s credit cards in her car, which led to a conviction for credit card theft in October. Mosby reduced the charge during Friday’s sentencing.
At the request of Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Bennett, Mosby also ordered that Bailey pay $70 restitution for the amount of cash found missing from the victim’s wallet after the incident.
when do you think he got it. a girl more than thirty years his junior comes on to him. no? she invites him home. no? she wants him to undress and put on her underwear. not yet? she ties you to a chair and starts taking pictures. ok, now. guys are mostly idiots and thinking with your dick doesnt end when you get older.