Broward teen faces charges for trying to extort Sen. Lauren Book with explicit photos

A 19-year-old hacker attempted to extort Sen. Lauren Book, authorities said.

PLANTATION, Fla. – A 19-year-old Broward County man targeted Florida Sen. Lauren Book and threatened to leak partially nude photos to Fox News to end her political career.

Jeremy Kamperveen, of Plantation, is accused of sending Book pornographic pictures and was accused of distorting “fake and stolen images” to threaten the Florida Senate Democratic Leader.

“The investigation is active and ongoing to ensure that other individuals that could be behind these serious criminal acts that are targeting me are apprehended and brought to justice,” Book said in a statement on Thursday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the case. Book reported receiving alarming anonymous text messages on Nov. 12. Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Kamperveen on Nov. 17 at a Starbucks in Sunrise where he thought he was going to meet Book to receive $4,000.

“While I have dedicated my entire life to public service and have never shied away from speaking publicly about personal and private matters, I am now asking for the respect of privacy for myself, my family — including my two very young children,” said Book, who is a survivor of child sex abuse.

In 2007, Book founded Lauren’s Kids, a nonprofit organization that advocates for child sex abuse survivors.

In her memoir “It’s Ok to Tell: A Story of Hope and Recovery,” she disclosed she was the victim of sexual and physical abuse by her nanny for about six years and it started when she was 11 years old.

Book’s father is prominent Tallahassee lobbyist Ron Book, 67, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. He was accused of driving under the influence after crashing his Lamborghini in 2019 in Broward.

Kamperveen is facing charges for sexual harassment, cyberstalking, and extortion. He was released on a $60,000 bond on Nov. 18 and under order to avoid contact with Sen. Book.

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Michael Putney came to Local 10 in 1989 to become senior political reporter and host of "This Week In South Florida with Michael Putney." He is Local 10's senior political reporter. 

The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.