25-year-0ld Jayson Hastie has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for impersonating a police officer and extorting money from a man he met on Grindr.
Hastie apparently met the older man on the gay dating app using an alias “Alex”. After sending explicit messaged he offered to meet the victim at a beach called Bass Point, 70 miles from Sydney. The first scheduled meeting Hastie never showed up but managed to convince the victim to meet two days later.
Along with an accomplice the victim was confronted by the accomplice before Hastie arrived and declared himself to a police officer. The then made the victim to withdraw AU$2,000 (about $1,400 USD) from an ATM and then agree to weekly payments to keep the incident quiet. Hastie then threatened to expose the man publicly by leaking their chat messages and pictures and threatened him with violence.
The police are not releasing the identity of the victim. However, Jayson Hastie was charged with kidnapping, demanding money with menace and imprecation of a police officer. The court dismissed the kidnapping charge as part of a plea deal. Haste was sentenced to 20 months in prison.