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Los Altos man arrested in decade-long stalking case
"Mountain View detectives arrested a man Monday who used social media to stalk and threaten a woman for over a decade.
On April 23, Mountain View patrol officers responded to a home in Mountain View where a woman informed them that she had found explicit messages in a separate inbox on her Facebook account. The senders on several of these messages appeared to be fake accounts, but based on messages she said she had previously received, the woman believed the accounts to be connected to a former classmate who had harassed her in the past.
The case was immediately referred over to our Cyber Crime Unit, where detectives began to look into who may be behind the messages. Because the Facebook accounts at the time provided a certain level of anonymity, a series of search warrants were executed so that detectives could accurately determine the true identity of the person behind the accounts.
Over the course of our investigation, our detectives maintained a strong line of communication with the victim, speaking to her regularly and providing updates as they were able. Finally, detectives were able to determine that the victim was correct – the derogatory and threatening messages were being sent by a former classmate, 29-year-old Los Altos resident Matthew Cringle."
Mountain View PD, April 23, 2018
George Zimmerman to enter no contest plea in stalking case
" A Florida judge agreed to let former neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman serve probation for a year after his attorney entered a no contest plea Tuesday to resolve a misdemeanor charge of stalking a private investigator associated with a documentary on the black teenager Zimmerman killed.
Seminole County Judge Mark Herr admonished Zimmerman to understand that "words matter." Under a no contest plea, a defendant doesn't admit guilt, and a conviction is withheld if the conditions of the plea are met. Zimmerman wasn't at the courthouse during the hearing.
"Please counsel him," the judge told his attorney, Zahra Umansky. "Words do matter.""
AP (Florida), November 13, 2018
Navy sub officer faces stalking, abuse charges
"A submarine officer is accused of stalking a woman in Washington, D.C., sticking GPS devices on her vehicle, peeping into her fourth-floor window and recording her kissing another man, according to Navy charge sheets.
The lieutenant commander, assigned to the ballistic missile sub Nebraska in Washington state, also stands accused of physically abusing her, placing a tracking device on her friend's vehicle and hiring a private investigator "to gather information about men she was dating or had dated," according to the legal filings.
Both the name of the officer and the woman he allegedly stalked are redacted from the paperwork provided to Navy Times.
An Article 32 hearing to weigh the evidence against him and decide whether his case should go to a court-martial trial was scheduled for last week but was cancelled.
Navy Times, October 4, 2018
Maine judge imposes maximum sentence for stalking
"A federal judge Thursday rejected recommendations from a prosecutor and defense attorney and sentenced a former Maine man to five years in federal prison, the maximum term of imprisonment for stalking.
Donald Cain, 49, of Henderson, Nevada — formerly of Conroe, Texas, Columbia, South Carolina and Calais — pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 11 in U.S. District Court in Bangor in the same courtroom where he was sentenced, according to the court's electronic case filing system.
In imposing the sentence, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock described Cain's conduct as "utterly reprehensible," according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office. The judge said it constituted a "psychological assault" and that he had "never before seen a stalking crime of such length, intensity, vulgarity, scope, sophistication and impact.""
Bangor Daily News, July 20, 2018
Manhattan lawyer hit with cyberstalking charges for terrorizing his ex-girlfriend
"A Manhattan lawyer who turned into an ex-boyfriend from hell was hit with federal cyberstalking charges Friday for terrorizing his former lover.
David Waldman, 50, launched a relentless campaign against his banker ex-girlfriend after she ended their four-month relationship — bombarding her with vile texts and emails, launching hateful web pages and even sending a letter to her boss claiming she's a drug addict, prosecutors said.
"I only hope you die of cervical cancer before I can f--- up your s---," Waldman wrote on a website he created in 2014 called eurotrashroyalty.blogspot.com. "No k--e civil attorneys, no car load of your pals, or anything else you have in your arsenal will cause me to even blink."
NY Daily News, June 1, 2018
Japanese court orders Zushi municipal government to pay husband of stalking victim
"YOKOSUKA, KANAGAWA PREF. – A district court Monday ordered the city of Zushi, Kanagawa Prefecture, to pay ¥1.1 million in compensation for giving the address of a woman to the stalker who tracked her down and murdered her in 2012.
The 47-year-old husband of Rie Miyoshi had demanded ¥11 million from the municipal government for the violation of privacy.
A private detective hired by her former boyfriend obtained their address from the city by impersonating the husband.
Recognizing the city's negligence, presiding Judge Isao Maesawa of the Yokosuka branch of the Yokohama District Court said, "Providing an address to a third party constitutes a breach of the obligation of confidentiality under a law on local public service.""
The Japan Times, January 15, 2018
Sandra Bullock's stalker detailed plans to sexually assault actress during break-in
"Joshua Corbett, who received five years probation last month for breaking and entering at the actress' home in June 2014 — and standing outside her bedroom door while she hid and called 911 — also had plans to commit sexual and lurid acts against Bullock, new documents obtained by the Daily News reaveal."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 10, 2017
Utah woman killed reported relentless stalking
""It's just continual, he won't stop, and it's gotten to the point where he's threatened me, he's threatened the safety of my children and I don't know what to do," Memorez Rackley told a police dispatcher, according to a recording of a 911 call released Tuesday in response to a public records request by The Associated Press."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, June 13, 2017
University of Wisconsin student faces at least 30 charges including sexual assault of multiple women, kept notebooks on victims
Alec R. Cook, 20, was first charged last week with four counts of second-degree sexual assault, three counts of battery, and one count each of strangulation and false imprisonment for an alleged attack against a 20-year-old woman inside his apartment on Oct. 12.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 26, 2016
Stalking victim: I was living in hell
Stalking victim Helen Pearson hopes the introduction of new stalking protection orders by the government in England and Wales will help "shorten the suffering" of others like her.
http://www.bbc.com, December 7, 2016
Brooklyn prosecutor accused of forging judges' signatures to tap two cellphones
Tara Lenich, 41, a former deputy in the DA's Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, was busted at her office Monday morning by the same squad of investigators who helped her build cases against gang members and drug dealers.
Over the course of nearly a year and a half, Lenich forged the signatures on 20 court orders to wiretap two cellphone numbers, according to a criminal complaint.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 29, 2016
Ohio trooper accused of stalking coworker's wife also used police database to look up women he pulled over
William Elschlager kept 10 women's names, birthdays and social security numbers on his cell phone, investigators told WTAP.
The former head of the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Marietta Post will be arraigned Wednesday for the new charges of unauthorized use of the law enforcement database system.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 19, 2016
Canadian ex-husband creates revenge website dedicated to destroying his Arizona ex-wife's life
A bitter ex-husband's cyber-revenge has turned into a real life nightmare for an Arizona woman, after he created a website devoted to ruining her life.
Desiree Capuano first found desireecapuano.com in March 2014, when a co-worker approached her and told her she probably shouldn't advertise that she was a stripper and drug addict on her website.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, February 18, 2016
Former upstate N.Y. legislator stalked woman who is 50 years younger than him because she owed him $45,000
A former county legislator in upstate New York has pleaded guilty to coercion after allegedly stalking a woman 50 years his junior.
While he was still a member of the Oneida County Legislature, Frank Tallarino was arrested and charged with multiple counts of stalking and coercion, according to WSTM-TV.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 23, 2016
Serial Tennessee stalker harasses women days after prison release: 'He may already be up to his old antics again'
Eastern Tennessee's serial stalker is back on the prowl and "up to his old antics" — just days after he was released from prison, police said.
Kingsport Police are investigating two new complaints against Albert Toronjo, the 65-year-old who harassed as many as 100 women before he pleaded guilty in 2014.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 26, 2016
California man mails porn materials to underage star of 'Dance Moms'
A heavily-tattooed creep sent troves of sexually explicit material to a child star of the Lifetime reality show "Dance Moms" in packages that were blasted open by bomb squads, police said.
Phoenix Sundown, 36, was arrested in San Diego, Calif., Tuesday after shipping five packages to the Pennsylvania PO Box of one of 11-year-old JoJo Siwa, TMZ reported.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 3, 2015
Man arrested in child abduction probe had soundproof basement filled with children's toys
Police in Norway arrested a man in a child abduction investigation after discovering he built a soundproof room in his basement.
The room, filled with toys and a bed, was discovered after police became suspicious of the 40-year-old man.
The lockable downstairs den built at his home is decked out with a teddy bear and kids' books, and the bed has a Super Mario bed cover, officers said.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 22, 2015
Convicted Ohio cop sought 'traffic stop sex' on Craigslist, stalked woman on Facebook
Sex games on patrol made one ex-cop the scourge of Ohio highways.
Before he was convicted and sentenced to five years in prison for sexually exploiting women during traffic stops, disgraced Ohio State trooper Bryan D. Lee turned to Craigslist to get his cop fantasy fix, according to newly released documents.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 19, 2015
Crazed ex-boyfriend who abducted Queens woman at knifepoint arrested after stabbing himself
With her enraged, blade-wielding ex-boyfriend threatening to slash anyone who got in his way, an 18-year-old woman was abducted during a frantic scene on a Queens street Saturday morning, police and witnesses said.
The young woman was finally let go by her ex, Jonathan Coronel, after nine hours, when he dropped her five blocks from her Elmhurst home early Saturday night, near where he had seized her .
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 16, 2015
Police officer fired after being arrested for stalking and harassment
John Fogarty, 33, from Greece, New York, was charged with stalking in the fourth degree and harassment in the second degree following a criminal investigation.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 15, 2015
'Obsessed' Fla. man stalks teen, threatens to rape her after she sends nude photos in exchange for shopping money
A 32-year-old Florida man has been arrested for stalking a 17-year-old girl and threatening to hurt her and her family after she tried to break off an Instagram relationship in which she traded nude photos of herself for money to go shopping, police said.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 12, 2015
Stalking Victimization in the United States
Bureau of Justice Statistics, Special Report: National Crime Victimization Survey
Florida doctor busted taking upskirt cellphone videos at supermarket, admits to cops: 'He had a problem'
A doctor with a criminal past was busted for taking video up the skirts of unsuspecting patrons at a Florida supermarket.
The store manager caught the spying creep in the act Thursday after a female customer alerted employees at the Publix Grocery Store in Groveland, just west of Orlando.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 18, 2015
Family members cyberstalking led to 2013 double murder-suicide at Delaware courthouse, jury finds in unprecedented case
Family members of a man who murdered his ex daughter-in-law and her friend before shooting himself at a Delaware courthouse in 2013 have been found guilty of cyberstalking that eventually led to the double murder-suicide, a jury found Friday.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 10, 2015
Dutch man who traveled 4,000 miles to stalk Wisconsin teen girl will be deported
A deranged Dutch man will be deported back to the Netherlands after trekking more than 4,000 miles to declare his "love" for a high school girl in a small Wisconsin city.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 04, 2015
Maryland man used selfie stick to film female neighbor: cops
BETHESDA, Md. — Police in Maryland have accused a Bethesda man of using a selfie stick to record videos of the woman who lived above him.
According to police, 60-year-old Donald F. Beard attached a camera to a long metal pole and used the device to record videos through a window for more than a year.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, July 02, 2015
Man accused of stalking female employee says he did not mean to imply she was a prostitute
A Wall Street weirdo accused of cyber–tormenting an employee he sexually harassed said Friday he didn't mean to imply she was a prostitute by calling her a street walker who was dating a pimp.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 20, 2015
Former Jets Player Gets Probation in 'Revenge Porn' Case
Jermaine Cunningham, an NFL free agent, pleaded guilty last month to charges including invasion of privacy and admitted to posting revealing photos of a woman online without her consent. Prosecutors said the woman was Cunningham's estranged girlfriend.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, June 19, 2015
Ashanti's stalker won't stop harassing singer: prosecutors
"The prosecutor said Hurd—who ineffectively acted as his own lawyer—was motivated by the chance to cross–examine the star.
'He was positively gleeful to be able to sit no more than 10 feet from Ashanti, take his time questioning her ... knowing this was going to be the only way he was going to be able to talk to her and be in contact with her,' Ehrhardt said in Manhattan Supreme Court."
Daily News, December 17, 2014.
Brooklyn man pleads guilty to stalking CBS journalist, will undergo psychiatric help
"Richard Pagani, 30, reached a plea deal that will require him to undergo three months of treatment rather than be sent to jail for stalking CBS newscaster Diane Macedo. He pleaded guilty to third–degree stalking, a misdemeanor."
Daily News, September 23, 2014.
Criminal Harassment: A Handbook For Police And Crown Prosecutors
Prepared by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Working Group on Criminal Harassment for the Department of Justice Canada, last updated 2014. Information available in English and French.
Stasi: Stalker only being thrown in jail because Alec Baldwin is a celebrity
Daily News, November 15, 2013
Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.
"Stalking is a crime under the laws of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and the federal government. Almost all states classify stalking as a felony upon either the first or second case, or when it involves aggravating factors such as the possession of a deadly weapon, a violation of a court order, or a victim under the age of 16."
Community Oriented Policing Solutions (COPS), January, 2012.
Brooklyn domestic abuse victim dead in apparent murder–suicide after taking boyfriend back
Daily News, March 18, 2010
Veteran NYPD cop busted in Albany for stalking 11–year–old girl on way to school
Daily News, June 24, 2010
Accused multi–state serial stalker Andre Davis jailed
Daily News, January 23, 2009
Felon stalked woman on Web before stabbing her in public, cops say; dying victim whispered his name
New York Daily News, May 15, 2009
Girl's stalker gets 10'year prison term
New York Daily News, August 27, 2009
List of current and pending cyberstalking-related United States federal and state laws, related laws from other countries.
Cyberstalker Gets 5 Years' Probation
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 30, 2004
Killer Had Stalked Doctor For Years
The Tennessean, November 3, 2004
The Consultation Paper on Stalking
Report from the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong, Privacy Sub-Committee, examining existing Hong Kong laws affecting privacy and making recommendations and proposals to provide protection against stalking. [DOC]
Cops Didn't Think Arlia a Threat
The Associated Press, March 15, 2002
Impostor Targets Female Athletes
San Francisco Chronicle, June 30, 2002
Minneapolis Star-Tribune, January 28, 2002
Ex–Coach Gets Jail in Stalking
The Cinncinati Enquirer, July 26, 2001
Female Stalkers Pursue Doctors, Psychiatrists
Reuters Health, December 3, 2001
Stalking Resource Center
Stalking information from the National Center for Victims of Crime.
Law Catching Up With Online Sex Crimes
CNN, April 23, 2001
'Obsessed' Man's Baby Monitor Bug
BBC News, January 17, 2001
California Man Convicted in Cyber–Stalking Case
Star Tribune, August 23, 2001
The Sexual Victimization of College Students, 1995-2002
Report from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and National Institute of Justice regarding the sexual victimization of college students, on– and off–campus, including sexual assault, harassment, and stalking.
Slain Woman's Kin Fight Internet Brokers
The Associated Press, December 29, 2000
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National Organization for Victim Assistance
1757 Park Road, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 232-6682
Stalking Resources Center
National Center for Victims of Crime
2000 M Street NW, Suite 480
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 467-8700
The Use of Technology to Stalk
Working to Halt Online Abuse
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Dover, NH 03821-0696
Phone: (561) 828-2801
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