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Nov 18, 2013 3:36 PM

Man Gets 1 Year in Prison for Extorting Professor

HOUSTON (AP) - A Louisiana man has been sentenced to one year in prison for running an extortion scheme that authorities believe led a Texas A&M University professor to commit suicide.

Daniel Timothy Duplaisir of Metairie, La., learned his fate Monday in Houston federal court.

Duplaisir had earlier this year pleaded guilty to interstate transmission of extortionate communication.

Authorities say Duplaisir lured James Arnt Aune into a sexually explicit online relationship by pretending to be an underage girl. Later, Duplaisir pretended to be the girl's outraged father, and demanded money to keep the relationship secret.

Aune jumped to his death from a campus building in January. Court records show text messages between Duplaisir and the 59-year-old Aune indicate the threats to publicize the relationship contributed to the communication professor's decision to commit suicide.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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