Woman convicted in sex tape extortion case
WILKES-BARRE — A woman who threatened to expose a self-made sex tape with an attorney unless she received money was sentenced to state prison on Thursday.
Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. sentenced 27-year-old Emily Ann Merth to one to three years in prison for attempted felony robbery by extortion. Merth pleaded guilty to the charge on December 2.
County detectives in court records say Merth provided sexual services to David Eric Schwager, 59, at a residence in Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, on December 30, 2019.
Schwager noticed Merth recording and asked him to stop before leaving, according to court records.
Merth allegedly told Schwager that she filmed pornography which she sold for money.
After Schwager left, Merth learned of Schwager’s position in the community as a lawyer and threatened to release the video unless he paid $1,000.
Schwager contacted county detectives, who set up a watch on the Carey Avenue residence where Merth was arrested.
Without saying Schwager by name, Merth apologized to the victim, blaming her actions on an addiction and noting that she has been sober for a year and is looking forward to continuing to focus on life.
In an attempt to mitigate the sentence, defense attorney Jonathan Blum, said Merth lived in numerous foster homes as a child and teenager, seeking to serve time or up to nine months. jail on his behalf.
Assistant Brian Coleman asked for a heavier sentence, noting Merth’s criminal history.
Sklarosky explained her sentence by noting that Merth failed to show up at a previous sentencing hearing, she elevated a prostitution offense to an extortion offense and faced multiple offenses in d other counties.
Schwager, who resigned as president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, was accused of dating a prostitute. In July 2021, he was sentenced to the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition Program for a non-violent first offender for one year. The load can be cleared at the end of the program.