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Tempe man pleads not guilty to sex extortion of teen

PHOENIX — A Tempe man accused of trying to extort a 16-year-old and
assault her if she didn’t have sex with him has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 19-year-old Arash J. Shabazian entered his plea
Monday.

Shabazian was arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation of a minor and theft
by extortion.

Tempe police said Shabazian created a fake online profile and told the girl on
Nov. 17 that he had nude photos of her.

Shabazian allegedly told the teen he would delete the old photographs if she
would send him new ones.

The girl reluctantly agreed, but Shabazian allegedly told her she had to
perform a sex act for him to delete the old ones.

He also allegedly threatened to assault her if she told anyone.

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