Adam Savader: "American patriot," "Reagan Republican," alleged sleazebag? The 21-year-old, who worked as an intern on the Romney/Ryan campaign and was a campaign staffer for Newt Gingrich, was yesterday charged with cyberstalking and blackmailing women into sending him nude photos of themselves, Politico reports. Savader allegedly claimed to have naked photos of 15 different women or their family members, and threatened via text message to release them (to, variously, parents, the Republican National Committee, sorority sisters, and "everyone," per the FBI complaint) if they didn't send more, Raw Story reports. One such text:
- "WAIT! ... remember what’s at stake. do u want ur family and everyone in DC to see your t—-s? Just agree to e-mail me a pic of you in a bra."
How the alleged blackmailing occurred in one case, according to the complaint: Victim 1 received texts sent via Google Voice requesting nude photos and containing a link to Photobucket.com, where a nude photo of the woman was posted; it had been stolen from her hacked AOL account. The numbers and IP addresses were ultimately traced to two homes where Savader lived, one in Great Neck, NY, where Victim 1 was also from. As Politico reports, the "process repeated itself" with other women; some had gone to high school or college with Savader. It's not clear if any of the women complied with his requests, notes Politico. He faces a max of five years in prison.