Davie police officer arrested on extortion charges

James Krey threatened to share nude photos of ex-girlfriend, police say

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Davie police officer is facing extortion charges after he threatened to share nude pictures of his ex-girlfriend, who was also a police officer, if she didn't resign, police said.

Davie police Officer James Krey is on administrative leave. He was arrested by Coral Springs police while on duty.

"We arrested him (Tuesday) night at the Davie Police Department," Coral Springs police Sgt. Joe McHugh told Local 10 News. "He was called in off the road, at which time he was offered to give us a statement. He refused to give us a statement, so he was taken into custody and charged with two counts of extortion."

Police said Krey, a 12-year veteran of the Davie Police Department, sent the rookie police officer threatening text messages, telling her that she had better quit her job and move out of town or he would make those nude pictures public.

"The defendant made a threat that he would hold back at nothing to get even," Judge Karl Evans said. "He also made a statement, 'You're going to have to leave Broward County, sweetheart. Anywhere you go I have people.' Those statements do concern the court."

Krey's attorney told the judge that the former officer of the year has three children and an exemplary record.

Still, Evans set Krey's bond at $75,000 -- 10 times the normal bond amount for such charges.

"The only threat was to tarnish her reputation at the Davie Police Department," McHugh said.

Krey's ex-girlfriend moved out of his home and now lives in Coral Springs.

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