From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — A Florida man is charged with felony Sexual Extortion and Stalking in the first degree.
Justin Richard Testani, 29, of Sanford, Florida, is accused of forcing the 14-year-old victim from Trussville to perform multiple sexually explicit actions under the threat of exposure and/or violence, according to prosecutors.
According to court documents, Testani was arrested on April 10 for an incident that happened on or around Dec. 18, 2017. He was initially given no bond, but his attorney filed a request to give him a reasonable bond, claiming his client was not a flight risk and not a risk to the public. The attorney said his client would appear for every court date.
According to the request, Testani works at a restaurant and works as an Uber driver. He wanted to be released from jail so he could go back to work. The motion stated the defendant lives in Florida with his father. The bond was granted, but the state has filed a motion asking for that decision to be reconsidered at the request of the victim and the detective in the case.
Testani was being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $30,000 bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 2 at 10 a.m.