Edis Kayalar was charged with attempting to extort $100,000 (£62,500) from Crawford and her husband Randy Gerber after threatening to sell a controversial photo of the couple’s young daughter to the media. The image showed the girl, who was seven years old at the time, tied to a chair and wearing revealing clothing during a game of ‘cops and robbers’.
Gerber is believed to have paid Kayalar, an acquaintance of the family’s former nanny, $1,000 (£625) to keep the photo under wraps but turned to officials at America’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) when the 26 year old made further demands for cash.
Kayalar left the U.S. in September (09) but surrendered himself to police in Germany in November (09) after U.S. authorities appealed for international help in tracking him down.
He was convicted of attempted blackmail at a court in the town of Kirchheim unter Teck, in southern Germany, on Tuesday (09Mar10) and handed a two-year prison sentence, according to German website Thelocal.de.
Judge Joachim Spieth told the court, “The attempt at blackmail was well-advanced until it failed.”