Mother-of-one who blackmailed man out of £200 by falsely accusing him of rape is spared jail  

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Mother of one who extorted £200 from man by falsely accusing him of rape is spared prison after judge said her plot was ‘unsophisticated’

  • Chelsea Orton, 22, blackmailed £200 man with false rape claim in 2019
  • Victim said they had “sleepless nights” and were on antidepressants
  • Orton sentenced to 18 months probation and will pay damages
  • Warwick Crown Court judge said the crime was not ‘advanced’

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A mother who blackmailed a man for £200 by falsely accusing him of rape was spared from jail by a judge who said her crime was ‘unsophisticated’.

Chelsea Orton, 22, admitted she blackmailed the man, who cannot be named, out of £200 between July and August 2019 by threatening to charge him with rape.

Warwick Crown Court heard she told the man’s family about the rape lie in an attempt to lend credence to her fake story.

Judge Louisa Ciecióra said it was in Orton’s favor that her crime was “not advanced” and that she had no previous convictions.

She made her victim need antidepressants after he was abused by people who falsely labeled him a rapist.

The mother of a child was eventually caught when her victim mustered up the courage to report the incident to the police.

Orton, of Nuneaton, admitted blackmail once and received an 18-month suspended prison sentence.

She was also ordered to pay her victim £200 in damages.

Orton, 22, defrauded her victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons - £200 by falsely claiming he had raped her.  Her victim required antidepressants after being falsely accused

Orton, 22, defrauded her victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – £200 by falsely claiming he had raped her. Her victim required antidepressants after being falsely accused

The 22-year-old mother was given an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay the victim £200 in damages after being convicted of one offense of blackmail

The 22-year-old mother was given an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay the victim £200 in damages after being convicted of one offense of blackmail

The 22-year-old mother was given an 18-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay the victim £200 in damages after being convicted of one offense of blackmail

Orton told the victim in July 2019 that he raped her and repeatedly demanded money from him.

She said she would go to the police otherwise. Orton also told relatives of the victim that he had sexually assaulted her and made repeated threats.

Judge Louisa Ciecióra told Orton she had caused damage and that similar crimes would usually result in jail time.

“The impact on the victim has been quite severe, he has had to go through a police investigation and is in constant distress as a result of your behaviour.

“Blackmail is always a serious matter and immediate terms of custody should usually be looked for,” the judge explained.

“In your favor is the fact that this was not sophisticated. You have no previous convictions.

“I am going to order you to pay £200 compensation to your victim.”

Warwick Crown Court learned that the victim had changed his telephone number and started taking anti-depressants as a result of Orton's blackmail

Warwick Crown Court learned that the victim had changed his telephone number and started taking anti-depressants as a result of Orton's blackmail

Warwick Crown Court learned that the victim had changed his telephone number and started taking anti-depressants as a result of Orton’s blackmail

The court heard that the victim was so upset by Orton’s lies that he changed his phone number to prevent her from contacting him.

Prosecutor Caroline Harris said the victim was terrified to go to the police, but a colleague encouraged him to do so.

On August 3, 2019, the victim confided in a colleague who proposed to report the matter to the police.

On August 5, the defendant reported to the police that she had been raped by the victim and the police made the decision to investigate the rape allegation before the extortion allegation.

Orton was then questioned by police in January and accepted that the messages had been sent from her phone, although she claimed not to have sent them all.

Ms Harris told the court that: ‘She said she wouldn’t have asked the victim for his bike or phone because they would have meant a lot to him.

“She accepted taking money from him, about £60 to £100 and when she was presented with a higher amount she accepted that this was also possible.”

In a victim impact statement read by Ms. Harris, the victim said he had needed antidepressants to get over the distress caused by Orton’s claims.

“When all this first happened and Chelsea blackmailed me, I felt trapped.

“I was scared and this made me anxious. As it went on and a report was made to the police, I became depressed. I had sleepless nights,” the victim explains.

“Although I had done nothing wrong, all I could think was that I would be arrested for her lies.

The victim added that his reputation had been damaged by the claims and people would abuse him in public.

Her behavior has had an impact on my social life. I had incidents when I was in my local pub where random people would come up to me and call me a rapist.

“I had to see my GP to help me cope. I was prescribed antidepressants.’