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A Florida woman, who allegedly stole a man’s cell phone, hacked his social media accounts, and posted photos of his genitalia — and then demanded payment to stop — was arrested last weekend in Florida.
Breyanna Dean, 24, has been charged with extortion for allegedly stealing her ex-boyfriend’s phone, changing account passwords, and sharing photos of his penis on social media platforms.
“The defendant maliciously posted pictures of the victim's genitals across multiple social media platforms in direct messages,” stated an arrest affidavit obtained by Oxygen.com. “Her actions directly exposed the victim to disgrace,” it added, citing screenshots in police possession as evidence.
The Port Richey woman has since posted a $10,000 bond and was released.
Dean, who spoke with Oxygen.com over the telephone at her bartending day job in Florida, denied the extortion charges, and claimed, instead, to be the victim of an abusive relationship. She said the alleged victim is her ex-boyfriend, who was arrested for breaking into her house the very same day police put her in handcuffs for extortion.
“I did not post any nude photos on any social media of him where the world could see,” Dean explained. “It’s the stupidest thing in the entire world.”
Dean’s arrest report doesn’t name the alleged victim of her extortion. But according to separate court documents obtained by Oxygen.com, Christian Belanger-Leppinen, 26, was arrested on a felony charge of burglary, and four misdemeanours including trespassing, domestic battery, as well as loitering and prowling at the same Port Richey address and the same day as Dean was arrested for extortion.
Dean alleges Belanger-Leppinen is the same man accusing her of posting the nude photos and then asking for cash.
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office would not confirm if Belanger-Leppinen was the victim of Dean’s alleged extortion, but police spokesperson Kevin Doll, also confirmed he was arrested at Dean’s residence the same day as the Florida woman’s arrest.
Dean said that Belanger-Leppnien actually gave her his phone after hers broke, prior to going on a vacation to Colorado. She denied extorting him and sharing the salacious photos on social media.
“There was a time when his phone was in my possession,” Dean said. “It had everything on it. He gave me his cell phone as a replacement.”
Dean, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, said the couple had dated for about a year on-and-off, but broke up about three months ago. But then, last week, she said, she awoke to a horrifying site at the crack of dawn.
“He was standing over my bed, staring at me while I was sleeping,” Dean said. “He wouldn’t leave, he pushed me into a wall.”
Police said Belanger-Leppinen “pried open” one of Dean’s windows and entered the bartender’s home around 6 a.m. on April 27, according to the arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com.
The affidavit added that the intruder stood over Dean, “laughing at her.”
Belanger-Leppinen allegedly fled the residence on foot and police dogs found him hiding behind a bush nearby a short time later. Dean claims Belanger-Leppinen was “annihilated drunk.” She was also arrested on scene for the extortion charges. Belanger-Leppinen's arrest report noted the pair had formerly had a “intimate relationship” and that he also allegedly trespassed at Dean’s residence on March 13.
The 26-year-old also has an extensive criminal record that includes driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, and domestic battery charges. Court documents indicate Belanger-Leppinen is originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
But Dean is no stranger to encounters with the law either.
She was charged with three separate cases of domestic battery between 2015 and 2018, according to separate arrest records obtained by Oxygen.com. Dean has also faced cyberstalking charges, disorderly conduct, and has been charged with countless traffic infractions, including driving while suspended and leaving the scene of an accident, according to Pasco County court documents.
Doll, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, said his office often investigates cases like this, but he said, the perpetrators are typically men.
“The only thing that might be unusual about it is that it’s a woman doing it and not a man doing it,” Doll said.
“It does happen a lot with men maliciously posting nude photos of women that have sent them their photos,” he added. “What’s unusual about this, is this woman, got this man’s cell phone and started posting photos from the cell phone to social media accounts that would embarrass him.”
Pasco County judge Kimberly Campbell has been assigned to Dean’s case but no court dates have been scheduled as of yet. Belanger-Leppinen also posted a $10,000 bond and has since been released pending his next court appearance.
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