Saying she would sentence him longer if she could, a Kitsap County Superior Court judge gave a sex offender 12 ½ years in prison for an online extortion scheme targeting gay men in which he assumed the identity of a prior victim.
Judge Jennifer Forbes told Christopher Malik Longmire, 25, the 152-month maxim sentence was “not enough.”
“I’ve come to the conclusion that our society needs to be protected from you as long as the law will allow,” Forbes said.
Kitsap County sheriff’s detectives started unraveling the scheme in January 2017 after authorities in California traced the extortion threats back to Kitsap County.
Detectives found that in 2014 Longmire had posed as a female to solicit intimate photos from a 14-year-old boy he had previously assaulted when Longmire was a juvenile. He then used those photos to create profiles on gay dating sites to begin the extortion scheme, according to court documents.
Authorities were able to identify 15 men who Longmire targeted, at first by chatting, exchanging images and gaining their trust then demanding more extreme videos. One victim described the acts as “outrageous and degrading,” according to court documents.