Second Marine claims to be victim in Jacksonville sex extortion case
Updated On: Dec 27 2013 11:41:40 PM CST
A second Camp Lejeune Marine is claiming to be a victim of a Jacksonville man already charged for allegedly coercing one Marine into performing a sex act.
The second Marine, who is 20 years old, called NewsChannel 12 Friday afternoon and said he was also a victim of 24-year-old Patrick Francois Georges.
Jacksonville Police have already charged Georges with extortion and crime against nature for allegedly pretending to be a woman on MeetMe.com to lure a young Marine into Georges' home on King Street Tuesday night. Georges then accused the Marine of breaking into the home, and threatened to call police if the Marine didn't perform a sex act with Georges, according to warrants. That Marine said he eventually complied.
The second Marine said he was targeted by Georges in the same way. The Marine said he was also on MeetMe.com when he got a message from someone who claimed to be a woman.
"This girl hit me up, saying that she wanted to do some sexual acts," the Marine said.
The Marine said he and the supposed woman exchanged messages for a while before the person gave the Marine an address where they can meet in person.
The Marine said he then told a friend about the address in case something bad happens.
"My buddy was like, 'Yo, this sounds too fishy, doesn't sound good,'" the Marine told NewsChannel 12.
According to the Marine, after he arrived at the supposed woman's home on King Street in Jacksonville at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, he got a text telling him to wait in the car until it was time to come in.
The Marine said once he got another text message that gave him the okay, he went inside the home. But as soon as he walked in, Georges approached him and accused him of breaking into the residence, the Marine said.
"He was like, 'What are you doing in my house?' I explained to him, showed him the messages. He said, 'No, I don't believe that. It's all fake,'" the Marine recalled.
Marine said he was then told by Georges to sit down on the couch and explain the situation better. The Marine said he once again showed Georges the messages that was exchanged with the supposed woman. But Georges insisted on calling police, the Marine said.
"He's like, 'Well, I'm about to call the cops.' I'm like, 'Look, I'm about to get out of the Marine Corps. You cannot call the cops yet. It's not happening.' And he's like, 'Well, you just broke into my house.' I'm like, 'You are not calling the cops,' the Marine told NewsChannel 12.
The Marine said Georges then asked if the Marine had any money. When the Marine said he did not, Georges allegedly made this demand:
"He was like, 'Well, you need to change my locks on my doors since you just broke in.' I said, 'I didn't break in, it was unlocked,'" recalled the Marine.
"He's like, 'Yeah... you got to pay for the locks.' I was like, 'I can't do that,'" the Marine continued. "And then, he asked me if I would [perform a sex act]. And then, right when he said that, I got off his couch and I was walking out."
The Marine told NewsChannel 12 that as he was leaving the home, Georges got up and punched the Marine in the head. This led to a fight, but the Marine said he was eventually able to escape the residence.
Jacksonville Police have not charged Georges yet for the alleged incident involving the second Marine. The suspect has only been charged for the alleged incident involving the first Marine so far.
The second Marine said he and his friends had heard about the first incident on the news. But it all clicked when he saw the suspect's mugshot online.
"I saw the mugshot on the website and I was like, 'Oh my God. That is him,'" the Marine said. "I thought I might have just been just the first [victim], but apparently not. I mean, that's crazy to me. I can't believe-- I mean, there's a lot of sick people out there. I mean, jeez. I cannot believe that happened to potentially more Marines."
A Jacksonville cab driver told NewsChannel 12 that several of his passengers had been targeted.
"There's been multiple other times I've picked people up from that address, or had people that were going to go to that address talking to the same girl on MeetMe, or the same picture of the girls, and I've convinced them not to go," said cab driver Benjamin Halsey.
NewsChannel 12 attempted to reach the suspect at his residence, but he was not home. He lives with his grandparents, who said the accusations are false.
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