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OSU student accused of blackmail

Oklahoman Modified: September 29, 2007 at 1:42 am •  Published: September 28, 2007
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STILLWATER (AP) - Prosecutors have charged an Oklahoma State University student with blackmail for allegedly threatening to post on the Internet videos of him and his ex-girlfriend having sex.

James Cory Lanier, 20, who was arraigned this week and released on $5,000 bond, is accused of trying to blackmail the woman for sex.

Lanier, a political science sophomore from Edmond, lives in a residence hall on campus.

His attorney, Billy Bock, said a not guilty plea was automatically entered on Lanier's behalf.

"He is a great kid, a wonderful student," Bock said. "He may have made what I consider an error in judgment. I have referred to it as an adolescent error in judgment."

If convicted, Lanier could face a five-year prison term and a $10,000 fine.

A 19-year-old student told OSU police that she had been dating Lanier until about a year ago, an affidavit said.

Lanier had made videotapes of their sexual activity, which he kept after the relationship ended, the affidavit alleged.