Duluth college student will plead guilty to harassing cousin for nude photos
DULUTH - A University of Minnesota Duluth student accused of hacking into his cousin's computer accounts and extorting her into sending him nude photos of herself will plead guilty in the case instead of going to trial, his attorney said.
Anthony Phillip Dzik, 24, of St. Paul was to go to trial Tuesday in St. Louis County District Court on charges of harassment/ stalking, criminal defamation and electronic use of false pretense to obtain identity. Dzik allegedly coerced a University of Minnesota, Mankato student into clicking on a link in a chat that gave him passwords for her MySpace and Yahoo accounts in May 2006.
Dzik then threatened to steal her identity and delete her files and those of friends unless she sent him nude pictures of herself.
The student at first refused Dzik's threats but eventually relented and sent a total of 20 pictures, after he allegedly threatened to send the pictures to his cousin's friends and family, as well as spread them on the Internet.
"U call the cops, the pics will be on the net faster than you can dial 911," he wrote, according to the court complaint.
Dzik then allegedly sent the photos to a man in Colorado, who used two of them to try to threaten the Mankato college student, the complaint says.
The student called police, who tracked down the Colorado man, and he implicated Dzik.
Dzik admitted to having naked photos of his cousin and that he sent her a link over instant messenger that enabled him to steal her passwords.
It is unclear which charges Dzik will plead to; the prosecutor in the case referred questions to St. Louis County Attorney Melanie Ford, who did not return a call seeking comment. Neither Dzik nor his attorney would comment.