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    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

    Ex-Gay Porn Star Working as German Spy on Trial After Posing as Jihadi for Fun

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    Curious ideas can occur in a person's mind during a boring weekend. For instance, German intelligence officer, father of four and ex-gay porn actor, Roque M., who was tasked with monitoring Islamist activities as part of his job, pretended to be a jihadi to have some fun.

    During his interrogation, the man said that his job was "a lot of fun," but on the weekends he got bored and therefore decided to play the role of a terrorist in online chatrooms.

    The 52-year-old intelligence agent was arrested in November 2016 and is currently facing a court trial.

    By now, prosecutors had to drop terrorism charges, as they found no proof of an attack plot or any connections to terrorist groups. Now Roque M. is solely facing charges of treason and sharing state secrets, which could put him behind bars for a decade.

    The suspect himself confessed that he never personally met with any Islamists and "would never do that."

    "The whole thing was like a game," the suspect said, cited by DPA news agency.

    Earlier, the inquiry into his case revealed that the man had been working as a gay porn actor before he was employed by a government surveillance agency. There are also suspicions that the man could be mentally ill and have a serious psychologic disorder, a representative of the Office for the Protection of the Constitution told the Washington Post.

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