Melissa Aras extorted a Seeking Arrangement member by threatening to expose him if he did not pay her $5000. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled
Melissa Aras extorted a Seeking Arrangement member by threatening to expose him if he did not pay her $5000. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled

Sugar baby set honey trap to extort her Brisbane ‘daddy’

A sugar baby set up a honey trap to extort a Brisbane father out of $5000 by threatening to tell his family about their raunchy rendezvous, a court has been told.

Melissa Aras met the 55-year-old father on Seeking Arrangement, the world’s largest Sugar Daddy dating site, and he “paid for her company” before they went their separate ways.

After their encounter, Aras set up a fake Facebook account under the name Johnny Cox and demanded the Kallangur father transfer $5000 to her bank account or she would tell his family and friends that he had slept with a 17-year-old.

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Aras, 22, pleaded guilty to extortion during a colourful sentencing hearing at Brisbane District Court this morning where both Aras and the victim jumped to their feet to try and address the judge directly.

Melissa Aras leaves the District Court in Brisbane after pleading guilty to extortion. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled
Melissa Aras leaves the District Court in Brisbane after pleading guilty to extortion. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled

Outside court, Aras attempted to make a citizen’s arrest on a Courier Mail photographer after he had taken her photo.

She phoned Triple-0, before court security was called to move her on.

The court was told that in May 2019, Aras sent the message to her sugar daddy, pretending to be her boyfriend.

She wrote: “I’m going to need you to transfer $5000 or else I’ll be showing the message of you and my 17-year-old girlfriend that you met through Seeking Arrangement.”

“I have all of your friends, daughter, family and girlfriend’s names saved from Facebook from you contacting me … if you attempt to block me the screenshots of the messages will immediately be going to the people close to you.”

Melissa Aras was given a wholly suspended jail sentence. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled
Melissa Aras was given a wholly suspended jail sentence. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Dan Peled

Aras’s barrister Penelope White told the court that the blackmailing was a “severe error” on her client’s behalf.

Ms White said Aras had been in financial difficulty when she sent the messages and had been through a difficult upbringing.

Judge Nicole Kefford said her personal circumstances were no excuse for her behaviour which had “consequences” for the victim who since had difficulties trusting others.

She noted that there was no violence used and the threats were made on a single day.

Aras was sentenced to 18 months’ jail, wholly suspended for two years.

Outside court, the victim who wished to remain anonymous, said he felt Aras had got off lightly and urged other users of dating sites to be careful.

“She got it easy with an 18-month suspended sentence,” he said.

“To others I would say be careful and keep copies of all the messages and screenshots of the accounts.”

Originally published as Sugar baby set honey trap to extort her Brisbane ‘daddy’


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