In NYS, you have made out the elements of Coercion in the Second Degree
, which is an A Misdemeanor
Section 135.60 of the New York Penal Law:
Coercion in the second degree.
A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he compels or
induces a person to engage in conduct which the latter has a legal right
to abstain from engaging in, or to abstain from engaging in conduct in
which he has a legal right to engage, by means of instilling in him a
fear that, if the demand is not complied with, the actor or another
1. Cause physical injury to a person; or
2. Cause damage to property; or
3. Engage in other conduct constituting a crime; or
4. Accuse some person of a crime or cause criminal charges to be
instituted against him; or
5. Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or
false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule;
6. Cause a strike, boycott or other collective labor group action
injurious to some person`s business; except that such a threat shall not
be deemed coercive when the act or omission compelled is for the benefit
of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act; or
7. Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information
with respect to another`s legal claim or defense; or
8. Use or abuse his position as a public servant by performing some
act within or related to his official duties, or by failing or refusing
to perform an official duty, in such manner as to affect some person
9. Perform any other act which would not in itself materially benefit
the actor but which is calculated to harm another person materially with
respect to his health, safety, business, calling, career, financial
condition, reputation or personal relationships.
Coercion in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor
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