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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.

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36 Comments on "ONLY ON 3: Man charged with impersonating officer after posing as woman on Craigslist"

2015 years 10 months ago

You seem to have a question to gays being born that way.Well I can say I was. I would not have chosing to be repetaly attacked in jr high to the point of quiting school. and no i did not do anything to provoke it and at 16 was beat and threating with a sickle by two men simply becouse I was setting out side a gay bar.and at 18 being jumped at a service station by three men beating and having my 1974 country squire wagon pulled onto my leg.becouse I had just left a gay bar right across the street.no they did not rob me and many many more abuses over the years.From people who think I chose this life.If you are gay your are born that way you just dont wake up one morning and say I think ill be an outcast now.Do you think that if some man came to you and tried to recruit you you could change?and if you could then you would not be gay you would be bisexual.So yes Gays are born Gay just as Bisexuals are born Bisexual and Straights are Born Steaight Now as for this case the news did not say they jumped this guy just becouse he was gay. I cant say that it was not a cotributing factor. for I do not know any of the people involved.But they are better ways to handle any situation then violance.

2015 years 10 months ago

Go to the police??? And, just has been proven in all the comments, the gay guy would have become the victim just because he is gay. So go to the police, go to the news. It will get you nowhere. The victim did go to the police and it was all ignored. That is until something happened. Which, by the way, is the norm. Nothing gets done until it is too late.
Posting pics was not the only threat made. Was the victim supposed to sit back and wait until this guy made good on his threats? That is what it would have took to get the police to intercede. Action.
The gay guy just needs to be happy that the men didn’t do more than they did. If they had been the real violent type, he may not be able to talk about it which, we all know, that this area is full of people that are loose cannons enough to have done more.
So, you can say all you want. We all have the right to protect ourselves and that is exactly what happened here.

2015 years 10 months ago

Gay or not, this guy is nothing more than a sexual predator.

2015 years 10 months ago

No by making an apointmet to mee the guy and taking others with you to attack him makes him a victom also not the fact he was gay as one of the other post reads two wrongs dont make a right

2015 years 10 months ago

yes he is a sexual preditor but in the same token by the guy sending nude pics to girls trying to get sex makes him one to.


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