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Columbus courts: 2nd mother pleads guilty to attempted theft by extortion

The second of two mothers accused of trying to extort money from a man who allegedly paid to have sex with their daughters pleaded guilty Monday.

The 37-year-old Phenix City woman pleaded guilty to attempt to commit theft by extortion. She was sentenced by Muscogee County Superior Court Chief Judge John Allen to five years’ probation and 200 hours’ community service, court officials said.

The first mother, 34, facing similar accusations pleaded guilty to the same offense in May. She received the same sentence.

The mothers’ names are not given to protect the identity of the girls.

The women were accused of trying to extort money from 45-year-old John Przenkop. A grand jury indicted them in March on charges they threatened Przenkop with child molestation accusations in February 2010, unless he paid them $7,000.

The mothers also were accused of agreeing to take Przenkop’s money in exchange for staying silent and then confronting him about not paying, records state.

The girls pleaded guilty in April 2010 to prostitution in Columbus Juvenile Court.

Przenkop faces charges of aggravated child molestation, sexual exploitation of a child, enticing a child for indecent purposes and pandering. He’s pleaded not guilty, and has not yet been indicted.

Police allege Przenkop contacted the girls through an online social networking site and paid for sexual acts. He allegedly became acquainted with the girls on MySpace, where one of the girls listed her age as 18 and the other as 100, according to Columbus Recorder’s Court testimony. In court, police said there is a video of Przenkop having sex with the girls.

Defense attorney Frank Martin, who represents Przenkop, has said his client met the girls through a mutual friend and not online. The only time he went online in connection with the case was to check the girls’ ages.

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