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Qld stripper avoids jail over extortion

AAP logoAAP 22/09/2016 Ed Jackson

A Gold Coast-based male stripper who threatened to publish naked photos of his ex-girlfriend if she didn't pay him $2000 has narrowly avoided jail.

Michael Timothy Borgen plead guilty in Southport District Court on Thursday to one count each of assault and extortion.

The court heard Borgen sent his ex-girlfriend a threatening text message after their relationship broke down in April last year.

In the message, Borgen gives the woman until 5.30pm on the evening of April 15 last year to transfer the money into his bank account or he would release photos of her the pair had shared while a couple.

Earlier that day the court heard Borgen and the woman had got into an argument which turned physical, with Borgen pushing the then 32-year-old woman against a wall.

Borgen, known online as Mick Gucci, had his employment listed as a "male entertainer" in the court.

Judge David Kent said Borgen had a history of criminal behaviour relating to relationships and would find himself imprisoned if he doesn't change his ways.

"You have grave difficulty in finding an appropriate response to relationships," Judge Kent said.

"Without moderating your behaviour it's going to land you in prison."

Borgen was placed on a 12-month intensive correction order for the assault charge and given a three-month prison sentence - wholly suspended for three years - for the extortion charge.

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