BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Brunswick County man is accused of posing as a sheriff's deputy after he sent an e-mail to another man he was allegedly trying to scare. But that's only half the story. The whole incident started with the website Craigslist. The man who was arrested had been on the site posing as a woman.
The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says Timothy Andrew Huffman posed as an 18-year-old woman looking for men on Criagslist. He allegedly used photos of his roommate to entice men to send their own photos, including several of the men naked. Investigators say Huffman would then reveal himself as a man, and ask the men if they wanted to meet. This is where Huffman allegedly would use those photos against the men who wanted no part of the "casual encounter," as Craiglist categorizes it. Officers say Huffman told one man he would show the photos he sent to family and friends on Facebook if the man did not agree to a face-to-face meeting.
We had our own encounter with Huffman as he left the Brunswick County Jail Wednesday. Huffman denied threatening to post the pictures.
The victim agreed to a meeting off a back road in Brunswick County. The victim and two friends met Huffman. Moments later Huffman called the sheriff's office for help.
Sheriff's deputies when they found Huffman, he told them he was abducted, assaulted and then left in the middle of nowhere. Investigators say Huffman's story did not add up.
After more questioning and a search of Huffman's computer and emails, investigators say they found the whole story. That's when deputies say Huffman broke the law by contacting the victim and posing as a sheriff's deputy. Huffman asked the victim for his personal info.
Wednesday officers arrested Huffman and charged him with impersonating an officer. Huffman said detectives asked him for info on the victim, and that was the reason why he posed as a cop.
"I was trying to get them the information and ended up getting myself in trouble," he said.
As for the accusations of blackmail, Huffman said he was not trying to entrap people online.
"No, because the person who did this, the first meet up, we actually met up before just as friends," Huffman said.
As for the victim, his father said his son learned a big lesson in not trusting everyone online.
"This guy seemed to be a very trustworthy girl to start with, but turns out not to be a girls at all," the man's father said.
Huffman is out of jail on a $1,000 secure bond. Investigators say at this time they do not expect to file any other charges.