A North Waterboro man allegedly was paid for having his teenage girlfriend put on a sex show for his former boss. That wasn’t against the law, authorities say.

But Nicholas Fossett, 19, allegedly demanded an additional $1,000 in exchange for not reporting his former employer, and a grand jury indicted him on a charge of extortion, a felony.

The 16-year-old girl was not charged, say investigators.

The alleged victim of the extortion, Stuart Richards, 51, of Standish, was given a summons to appear in Bridgton District Court on a misdemeanor charge of falsifying evidence. Investigators say he destroyed items used in the show before going to police to report the incident.

Fossett once worked for Richards, and sought him out in May for more work so he could get money to fix his car, said Detective Sgt. James Estabrook of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Richards didn’t have any work for him, but the two agreed that Fossett’s girlfriend would perform for Richards in exchange for money.

There was no contact and no photographs, and the interaction didn’t violate the law.

But Fossett went back to Richards on May 19 and demanded another $1,000, or else he would report Richards to police, Estabrook said. Richards paid.

When Fossett came back yet again and demanded more money, Richards refused and went to police, Estabrook said.

Fossett was indicted by the Cumberland County grand jury Thursday on a charge of theft by extortion, which is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Neither Fossett nor Richards could be reached for comment.

Staff Writer David Hench can be contacted at 791-6327 or at:

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