Waitress jailed for editing video to make it appear police officer threatened to rape her
A waitress who edited a video to make it sound like a police officer threatened to rape her has been jailed.
Georgia Harris, who was 19 at the time, altered the recording to try and blackmail the officer for £250.
The nightclub waitress filmed the officer after instigating a conversation with him in his car about a ‘hypothetical’ sex attack scenario.
She then cut the clip and sent him a six to eight second edit, in which he could be heard saying ‘I’d be raping you’, with her replying ‘I don’t want you to rape me’.
A court heard Harris, who worked at Faces nightclub in Chelmsford, Essex, threatened that she would go to police with the recording if the 22-year-old Met Police officer did not pay her £200.
Having also implied she was just 15 years old, Harris then sent her bank details – and upped her demand to £250.
The officer, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent, was ‘shocked and panicked’ but spoke to colleagues and his boss before reporting the blackmail to Kent Police.
Harris, who lives with her mum in Chelmsford, Essex was arrested. She later sent police a letter, addressed to her victim apologising, she wrote: ‘I was not in my right mind. After all, who blackmails a police officer?’
Harris, now aged 20, admitted blackmail and was sentenced to eight months in a young offenders’ institution
Maidstone Crown Court in Kent heard on Wednesday her victim had lent her money on previous occasions and took her on a shopping trip to buy clothes.
In a statement he said he felt ‘trapped in a corner’ and was being used for money.
The officer, who was not named in court, said: ‘She has always been talking about money and asking for money. I am extremely disturbed by this and feel it has affected me personally with trust issues and has made me realise who vulnerable I can be.’
Judge Jeremy Carey, sentencing Harris, said he had to put her behind bars for the ‘premeditated, determined and unpleasant nature’ of her behaviour.
A probation officer told the court Harris was motivated by financial greed and immaturity. While Edward Duncan Smith (CORR), defending, said Harris, who hopes to become an air hostess, never intended to go as far as she did.
‘It snowballed. She has expressed to me a high level of genuine shame for her behaviour. It was out of character.’
He added she was no longer drinking and had sought psychiatric help.