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Waupun man charged with extortion by impersonating judge, cop

WAUPUN, WI (WTAQ) - A Waupun man is due back in court October 31st on charges that he extorted money by impersonating a judge and a police officer. 

Dodge County prosecutors said 26-year-old James Dunham learned that a Beaver Dam area man allegedly had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl and his cousin. 

Officials said Dunham then called the man and passed himself off as Beaver Dam police officer Nathan Keener, saying he would keep quiet about the sexual allegations if the subject paid him money. Officials said Dunham later texted his victim, claiming to be a judge who demanded money -- or else he would forward the allegations to a prosecutor. 

The subject told police he had a relationship with a woman he thought was 24 -- and he only learned she was 16 after her mother contacted him.

After two months of calls, the man ended up paying Dunham around $1,500 -- even though the purported officer insisted it would take $9,000 to keep him out of prison. 

Investigators said no actual officers were involved in the case.  

A $5,000 cash bond was set for Dunham on felony counts of impersonating an officer, identity theft, and making threats. 

At his next court appearance, a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order a trial.

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