Woman in '19 Kids' Extortion Plot to Stay in Jail

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By Kara Kelly

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman charged with threatening to release damaging photographs of a cast member of the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting" if she wasn't paid $10,000 has agreed to be jailed pending trial.

Teresa Hunt gave up her right to challenge her detention, cancelling a hearing in Davenport on Friday. Magistrate Judge Thomas Shields found probable cause for her arrest on one count of extortion.

Investigators say the Bettendorf photographer warned she would release photos of a cast member "in apparently intimate situations" with a 56-year-old musician in Branson, Mo., if she wasn't paid $10,000 or the show was cancelled.

An FBI agent pretending to represent the network contacted Hunt, and she allegedly sent him three photographs.

The show follows Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children.

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