Dearborn man sentenced to probation for extortion of nude photos

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — Hadi Cherri, 18, of Dearborn was sentenced to three years probation Aug. 22 for threatening a 13-year-old girl into sending him nude photos on the social media app Snapchat.

Sixteenth District Court Judge James Maceroni read the terms to Cherri who will remain on house arrest for the first six months unless he has work or appointments. He must work or attend school at least 30 hours per week, the Macomb Daily reported.

Cherri also will have to meet with a therapist twice a month, take an impulse control class, complete 60 hours of community service, receive a substance-abuse evaluation and not visit any social media sites.

He must allow his computer and phone to be searched at any time by a probation official without a warrant, according to the Macomb Daily.

Maceroni said 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 MHYTA, “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.”

Sentencing guidelines suggested prison time ranging from two years to 40 months while probation officials suggested two years, according to the Macomb Daily.

Maceroni said the “somewhat weak evidence in the extortion case, which pushed up the sentencing guidelines, because it is doubtful he could have carried out the threat,” the Macomb Daily wrote. Assistant Macomb Prosecutor William Harding pointed out that the 13-year-old girl did not know if Cherri could’ve carried out the threat.

As Maceroni continued to speak, he said that Cherri was an honor student in school, had no prior contact with law enforcement and no sexual dysfunction, according to a psychological report by physiatrist Gerald Sheiner.

Cherri pleaded guilty on July 5 to the extorting and accosting for immoral purposes charge in 16th District Court.
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.

He was free after posting 10 percent of his $150,000 bond, was required to wear a GPS tether, could not have contact with anyone under the age of 18, and was told to refrain from using the Internet. According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, the 13-year-old girl from St. Clair Shores 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.

Cherri was arrested on March 23 at his Dearborn home after St. Clair Shores police and the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office worked together during the investigation.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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