By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Hadi Cherri, 18, of Dearborn pled guilty to threatening a 13-year-old girl into sending him nude photos on the social media app Snapchat and faces more than 20 years in prison.
He pled guilty to the extorting and accosting for immoral purposes charge on July 5 in 16th District Court. The extortion charge has a maximum of 20 years in prison and the accosting charge has a maximum of four years as a felony.
Cherri agreed to a plea deal which dismissed charges of extortion and using computers to commit a crime, and communicating with another to commit crime on computers or internet.
Under the deal, Cherri could have his convictions removed from his public record through the Michigan Holmes Youthful Trainee Act if he complies with his sentencing.
According to Michigan HYTA, “if an individual pleads guilty to a criminal offense, committed on or after the individual’s 17th birthday but before his or her 24th birthday, the court of record having jurisdiction of the criminal offense may, without entering a judgment of conviction and with the consent of that individual, consider and assign that individual to the status of youthful trainee.”
He is scheduled be sentenced on Aug. 22 by 16th District Court Judge James Maceroni.
Cherri is free after posting 10 percent of his $150,000 bond, is required to wear a GPS tether, cannot have contact with anyone under the age of 18, and must refrain from using the internet.
According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, the 13-year-old girl and Cherri began communicating in January when he allegedly asked her for nude photos.
Cherri allegedly threatened the girl, stating he would expose nude photos of her if she didn’t send him additional photos. The girl eventually complied with Cherri’s request and sent him photos.
“After receiving the first photograph, the male continued to threaten the 13-year-old and demanded more photos,” a statement from the sheriff’s office read.
On March 23, Cherri was arrested at his Dearborn home after St. Clair Shores police and Macomb County Sheriff’s Office worked together during the investigation.
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