ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A North Carolina man who claimed to be a Marine stationed at Quantico, Va. was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for threatening 11 women he met online.
According to United States Attorney For the Easter District of Virginia Neil MacBride, 29-year-old James M. Johnson created an online dating profile with the name "Shawn Davis." He used photos of a uniformed U.S. Marine and created a false story about his family and military history. Under the screen name "Cuddleman," Johnson expressed romantic interest in at least 11 women in Virginia and the mid-Atlantic between July 2009 and October 2010. He then tried to get them to send him naked or seductive photos, to disrobe, or engage in sexual activity on a web cam. Johnson would threaten to sexually assault them, kill them or their children or post altered photos on porn websites if they refused.
MacBride says one victim was told that Johnson would "slit [her] throat and send his friends to kill [her]." Authorities say Johnson spoke to police who had been called to another victim's house and threatened to blow her house up if they didn't leave.
NCIS investigated the case and Johnson pleaded guilty in July 2012 to one count of cyberstalking and one count of making interstate threats.
His sentencing also requires that his prison time be followed by three years of supervised release.