Crime | September 20, 2017 9:28 am

Former Gay Porn Star Turned German Spy Sentenced After Posing as Jihadist Online

Agent claims he pretended to be an Islamist out of boredom, but then tried to share state secrets.

German defendant Roque M
German defendant Roque M. sits at in the courtroom on the start of his trial on September 5, 2017 in Düsseldorf, western Germany, where he said he pretended to be a jihadist planning an attack in online chatrooms because he was bored, as he went on trial for attempted treason. The 52-year-old suspect, named as Roque M., made headlines when he was arrested in November 2016 in what initially appeared to be a case of an Islamist mole at work in Germany's domestic spy agency. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Christoph ZEIHER / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPH ZEIHER/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s a tale stranger than fiction. A 52-year-old former actor in gay pornography films and father of four who had become a German intelligence agent has been given a one-year suspended sentence for attempting to share state secrets while pretending to be a jihadist online, writes The Guardian

“Roque M” (an alias), 52, was arrested last November. Originally, German authorities thought that he was an Islamist mole working in that country’s domestic spy agency, but the charges were dropped after prosecutors found no evidence of an attack plot or any ties to Islamist groups.

So why did he pretend to be a jihadist online? He was bored. Roque M told the court, “the whole thing was like a game,” and that he had never met with an Islamists. At one point, he monitored Islamist activity while working for Germany’s Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV). He told the court that he got bored on weekends while home with his disabled son, so, as an “escape from reality,” he immersed himself in Islamist chatrooms and pretended to be one himself.

He did arrange a meeting with a suspected Islamist at a gym, but claims he was never going to go, reports The Guardian. Roque M was arrested after he offered to share classified information about BvF’s operations to a colleague who was working undercover.

According to The Guardian, the case had sparked anger within the ranks of German security, since it originally seemed like an Islamist had infiltrated the intelligence community, all of whom must to pass multiple background screenings before being hired. Roque M’s past as an actor in gay pornography also surprised many who thought that would have been disqualifying. But since there is no evidence that Roque M was involved in an Islamist plot, the sole charge he faces is attempting to share state secrets.