Police: Women threatened rape claim if man didn’t pay

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Mercer County pair charged with extortion

By The Staff

Two Mercer County women are charged with extortion for allegedly saying they would claim a local man raped them if he didn’t give them cash.
Lynnette Marie Ballou, 26, and Shene Warfield, 31, both of 515 Marimon Drive, Harrodsburg, were taken into custody last week by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.
According to court records, a complaint was filed by Wayne Aldridge, who told police the women tried to extort cash from him. He said the first incident happened Jan. 18, 2012, when the women told him they would claim he raped them if he didn’t give them $100.
He said the second incident happened the following day when the women again threatened to claim rape if he didn’t give them $300.
The women were arraigned Jan. 31, 2012 in Anderson District Court in front of Judge Donna Dutton.
Both pleaded not guilty.
They were each charged with two counts of theft by extortion and one count of harassing communications resulting from what police said stem from “harassing and annoying” text messages sent by them to Aldridge on Jan. 19, 2012.
Officer Josh Satterly of the Lawrenceburg Police Department made the arrests.