Wausau men accused of extortion over affair with exotic dancer

Jaclyn Brandt

Wausau men accused of extortion over affair with exotic dancer

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Mar 13, 2013

WAUSAU - Two men were arrested after an alleged four-year extortion plot against a man having an affair with a local exotic dancer.

According to the Post-Crescent, Alex Santiago, 29 of Ringle, and Dustin Congleton, 28 of Weston, were arrested after a 56-year-old man told police he has been paying money to the men since 2009. He said the extortion began after they threatened to tell his wife about the affair.

"The victim, who is married, paid the men to keep quiet about a sexual relationship he had with an exotic dancer he met at Showtime Gentlemen’s Club in Wausau, police said," said the newspaper. "The victim met the dancer in December 2008 or January 2009 through a mutual acquaintance and began paying her rent, bills and legal expenses."

When the dancer's boyfriend, Santiago, moved to Wausau from Kenosha, the alleged victim told him he wanted "something in return" for the money he had paid the woman. But one of Santiago's friends, Congleton, began the extortion plot.

The victim told police he and his wife had been scared for their lives, so continued to pay the money. Both men are out of jail on bond.