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Can you please tell me what your legal question is? Also, I need to know the details behind what you refer to as being "extorted" for money. In other words, how, by whom (no name just whether or not they are military (rank compared to yours), why, etc.). In other words I need enough details to be able to put your question in context once you ask it.
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Thank you for the question, however, I still need some clarification. Where was the photo posted to begin with and why does this person think they can extort you? Are they underage, were you wearing a piece of military uniform (how do they know you are in the military?)?
Thank you. First, to address what they are doing. It is, as you might suspect, illegal. So, you might turn the table and threaten to file a criminal complaint with the FBI for extortion against them. Also, to address the money issue, there is no guarantee that if you were to pay, they wouldn't post the photo anyway. Therefore, that is something to keep in mind as well.
On the military side of the house, a nude photo that clearly identifies you as a servicemember can result in your involuntary separation, or at the very least disciplinary action. It doesn't always happen, but in the past many female servicemembers were separated for posing nude for various publications in a manner that identified them as military. Men aren't treated any differently. That said, there is a chance that if you can get the photo taken down right away and your command is very supportive of you, that you will not be disciplined, but that is entirely up to your COC. There is definitely though a basis for discipline/separation as it considered service discrediting.
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You just contact the office closest to you and tell them that you are being extorted over the internet. In other words, just report the facts to them and tell them you want to file a criminal complaint. It is up to them to decide how far they take the investigation, but you have the right to at least report it. Here's a link for more information: https://www.fbi.gov/report-threats-and-crime
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