LOWELL -- A 32-year-old New York man wanted by Tewksbury police since 2011 pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court to a bevy of charges, including sending hundreds of text messages threatening to post naked photos of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook if she didn't withdraw her restraining order against him.

In court Tuesday, Michael Todd pleaded not guilty to the following charges: violation of abuse-prevention order (four counts), extortion by threat of injury (two counts), criminal harassment, intimidate a witness (three counts), stalking, stalking in violation of a restraining order and annoying communications (two counts).

The charges are contained in four cases between 2011 and 2012.

In a letter to the court, Todd said he is serving a one- to three-year sentence for a conviction for driving while intoxicated.

Tewksbury police allege that on July 22, 2011, Todd's former girlfriend told police her two-month-long relationship with Todd ended and the girlfriend sought a restraining order against him.

During their relationship, the alleged victim told police Todd took consensual nude photographs of her on his cellphone. Those photos were sent to the victim's ex-husband. Todd allegedly sent hundreds of text messages and numerous voice-mail messages to the alleged victim, telling her he would post the photos on Facebook if she didn't vacate the restraining order against him.


Before the photo issue, on July 14, 2011, while the restraining order was in place, Tewksbury police say the alleged victim was receiving multiple text messages within minutes from Todd. He would allegedly call her work and personal cellphones between 15 and 23 times in a morning.

Two days later, the alleged victim told police she had received more than 100 messages since the restraining order was served on July 14, 2011 to July 17, 2011. The text messages told her she "made a mistake" by taking out a restraining order and that she should "drop it."

On July 25, 2011, police allege that while the restraining order was in place, Todd called the victim's cellphone 24 times in one day. The voicemails were allegedly threatening, police said. He allegedly threatened that he would make up a lie to have her investigated if she continued to ignore his calls, police allege.

Again, he allegedly threatened to post sexually explicit photos if she ignored him, police allege.

Judge Ellen Caulo ordered Todd held on $1,000 cash bail with a probable-cause hearing scheduled on all cases for Jan. 16.

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