A woman demanded thousands of pounds from a man and threatened to falsely expose him as a paedophile if he failed to pay up.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard Violet Shephard, 49, of Balmoral Gardens, sent an email to the man an OAP, who cannot be named for legal reasons demanding 3,000 to 4,000 for her and a teenager to go on holiday.
The court heard Shephard accused him of being a “pervert”, and told him she would “take him to court and get his name in the papers” if he failed to meet her demands.
She added she could make the entirely baseless allegations “go away” if he handed over the money but instead he reported her to police.
Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told the court Shephard sent the man an email in April last year.
It said the teenager was accusing him of being a “pervert” and demanding an explanation.
The fiscal said: “He was perturbed and replied expressing his shock and upset.
“Two days later, he received a further email stating that she ‘knew what happened’.”
The email said: “She said it’s child abuse and it makes us cringe when she thinks how you used to put your arms around her chest and feel her bum.
“She believes if you had the chance you would have done worse.
“This will be an embarrassing situation for you.
“Your name will be in the paper and you will have to go to court.
“She says she wants to lodge a complaint.
“She says she needs a holiday to take this off her mind and put everything behind her.
“I would take her away if I could afford it.
“A holiday abroad for both of us for two to three weeks would cost 3000 to 4000.
“Bad news spreads quickly and you would be reported by people you don’t expect.
“You will be seen as a danger to children.”
The man reported the incident to police and family protection officers got involved having never been made aware of any inappropriate behaviour towards the teenager in the past.
Shephard, originally from Sierra Leone, pled guilty on indictment to a charge of attempted extortion.
Sentence was deferred until September 19 for reports.