Investigators obtained a search warrant for a kids’s advocacy middle in Victoria greater than a 12 months after an Arlington man reported his supervisor tried to blackmail him.

“The suspect threatened to reveal the sufferer’s photographs and inform his household that he was homosexual if he didn’t proceed to speak with him,” based on court docket paperwork. “The mother and father of the sufferer didn’t know that he’s homosexual and have been very afraid that the suspect would ship the photographs and inform his household (that he’s) homosexual.”

Greater than a 12 months and three months after receiving an outcry from the Arlington man, authorities executed a search warrant for digital units and information belonging to former government director Ric Dale Tinney Jr., 63 years outdated, on the Hope Youngster Advocacy Middle, 1801 N. Laurent St.

The Victoria Advocate doesn’t establish individuals who could also be victims of intercourse crimes.

Telephone calls and messages despatched to Tinney went unanswered.

On September 12, Tinney was arrested on an arrest warrant at his house in Goliad by the US Marshals Service. He’s charged with two crimes – posting or threatening to submit intimate visible materials and on-line impersonation within the type of utilizing a reputation or particular person to create an online web page.

Tinney, who has no different felony historical past, was launched in lieu of bonds totaling $ 6,500.

It is unclear precisely when Tinney stepped down as government director. He had held this place since 2013.

Questions despatched to Police Chief JJ Craig, who’s chairman of the centre’s board on Thursday, went unanswered, however police officers stated he was working to reply them.

Following Tinney’s resignation, Megan Burow, a senior forensic investigator, was appointed interim chief government, Craig stated on Wednesday night.

Victoria County deputy chief Roy Boyd stated his workplace would proceed to make use of the centre’s companies regardless of Tinney’s arrest.

“The (Hope Youngster Advocacy Middle) is a vital a part of making certain that justice is served to youngster victims of crime,” he stated Thursday in a written assertion. “The latest unlucky occasion doesn’t have an effect on our use of their service to kids in our space.”

Based on court docket paperwork, Tinney used a wide range of display names on the relationship web site to cover his identification and threaten a person he as soon as had a romantic relationship with.

The Arlington man informed investigators he suspected Tinney had grown jealous or upset when he did not reply to Tinney’s messages.

“(Tinney) informed the sufferer that he collected about 15 or extra photographs of the sufferer as a result of the sufferer was sharing intimate materials. (Tinney) threatened the sufferer by sending the nude photographs to his household and revealing that the sufferer was homosexual, “based on court docket paperwork. “Different statements included that he would drive… ‘simply to see their faces’ and requested the sufferer,’ Is not that the way you thought mother and pa would discover out? MDR. ‘”

As early as March 28, 2018, the Arlington man started speaking on the relationship web site with somebody utilizing the pseudonym “Bbbrady”.

At one level throughout their conversations on-line, Bbbrady threatened to submit not less than 15 intimate photographs of the Arlington man.

“Consumer profile Bbbrady has agreed to not disclose the fabric for a profit by stating, ‘You meet my expectations and I can’t submit.’ The suspect described intimately how he needed to be sexually gratified by the sufferer, ”based on court docket paperwork.

The Arlington man informed investigators he beforehand shared “intimate visible materials” on the relationship web site.

When the Arlington man reported the harassment and tried to blackmail moderators, the web site suspended that account, based on court docket paperwork.

Nonetheless, the messages continued and the person started to obtain extra harassing and threatening messages from related display names that he suspected to be the identical particular person, based on court docket paperwork.

Throughout these communications, the Arlington man confided in Tinney concerning the blackmail, court docket paperwork present.

Tinney additionally acted as an middleman for the Arlington man, forwarding messages to him despatched by varied customers now suspected of belonging to Tinney, based on court docket paperwork.

However Tinney was unable to supply these messages to investigators.

“Tinney would inform the sufferer the suspect … was watching him,” the court docket paperwork say.

On the finish of Could 2018, the Arlington man started to suspect that Tinney was the particular person behind the threatening messages.

These suspicions have been confirmed by investigators.

By court docket orders and subpoenas, investigators have traced the e-mail addresses and pseudonyms used to harass the Arlington man to Tinney, based on court docket paperwork. An electronic mail deal with utilized by the particular person harassing the Arlington man has been traced to the Hope Youngster Advocacy Middle in Victoria.

“The sufferer has no associates or different associations with anybody in Victoria or on this workplace apart from Richard Tinney,” based on court docket paperwork.

Investigators additionally decided that Tinney had used the identical laptop for the previous six years.

Arlington investigators have stated in court docket paperwork that they consider forensic specialists ought to have the ability to get well digital proof from this laptop regardless of “manipulation by anybody.”

A search warrant assertion detailing the objects seized was not obtainable on the Victoria County District Clerk’s workplace.

“(The investigator) believes Tinney created these fictitious accounts and threatened to reveal the sufferer’s intimate visible materials to realize a profit,” based on court docket paperwork.

Jon Wilcox reviews on the courts for the Victoria Advocate. It may be reached [email protected] or 361-580-6515.