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Monday, September 17, 2012

Net Crimes Newsletter - September 17, 2012

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Dating website puts men in shop window

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2012/09/14/Dating-website-puts-men-in-shop-window/UPI-55571347651512/

A French dating website has put its wares on display in a Paris shop -- 10 men who have signed up to look for a relationship.

The site "Adopte un mec.fr" -- "Adopt a guy" in English -- plans to take the show on the road, The Local.fr reported. The temporary Paris store closes Sept. 21 and other stores will open this fall in Brussels, in Laussane, Switzerland and then in Lyon and Toulouse back in France.

The men for the store were selected from hundreds of volunteers who had signed up on "Adopte un mec." The aim was variety, ranging from a surfer to a geek.

"For once the girls can choose the boys and put them in their shopping basket," said Thomas Pawlawski, the website marketing director. "We use supermarket vocabulary."

Some women seem to enjoy the opportunity.

"We're taking our revenge! For once it's us who has the power to look and choose which one we want," one told the newspaper Le Parisien.

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Mom, teen son tied up, beat man from dating site, authorities say - 09/15/12
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/os-dating-site-beating-florida-20120915,0,4732476.story
A mother and her 16-year-old son were charged Saturday with attempted homicide and unlawful imprisonment after tying up and severely beating a Pasco County man whom the woman met on an Internet dating site, the Sheriff's Office said. Bobbie Jo Curtis, 40, and her son were also charged with aggravated battery and grand theft auto. They are being held in the Pasco County jail pending their first appearance Sunday morning. It was not immediately known whether they had an attorney. The teen is being charged as an adult.

Police warn of being swamped by complaints over web abuse - 09/15/12
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/main-section/police-warn-of-being-swamped-by-complaints-over-web-abuse-1-4927706
Chief constables across the region are warning of being swamped by a rising tide of complaints of online harassment and abuse, with South Yorkshire Police alone recording a huge leap to 9,500 reports last year.

Predatory blogger 'harassed' victim - 09/15/12
http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Predatory-blogger-harassed-victim/story-16910392-detail/story.html
A 36-YEAR-OLD man who breached a restraining order imposed on him 14 years ago has been labelled 'highly dangerous' by a judge after losing an appeal against his conviction. Darren Rennison was also branded 'predatory' and 'manipulative' and warned he faces jail if his behaviour does not improve.

Man faces stalking charges - 09/14/12
http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/20131727/article-CRIME-LOG
Durham police arrested a Henderson man on Sept. 2 and charged him with stalking and other offenses. Lemuel L. Eley, 32, was charged with two counts of felony stalking, two counts of cyber stalking and possession of stolen goods.

Sex offender captured after girlfriend "likes" authorities on Facebook - 09/14/12
http://www2.wjhl.com/news/2012/sep/11/12/tazewell-deputies-searching-maryland-sex-offender-ar-2197374/
Deputies with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office captured a sex offender wanted out of Maryland today after his girlfriend provided clues to his location by "liking" the authorities on Facebook.

Richmond man charged with cyberstalking, harassment - 09/13/12
http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/richmond-man-charged-with-cyberstalking-harassment/article_f48a36a8-fda7-11e1-a969-001a4bcf887a.html
A local man has been charged with harassing a Richmond woman with emails sent to her cellphone. Rhode Island State Police charged James D. Boisvert Sr., 56, of 327 Arcadia Road, on Tuesday with cyberstalking and cyberharassment ­ first offense, following a Hope Valley barracks investigation.

Men indicted with online harassment, stalking charges - 09/13/12
http://www.oaoa.com/news/crime_justice/courts/article_3aeb691c-fdeb-11e1-919d-001a4bcf6878.html
Two men were indicted this week in connection with accusations that they bothered their ex-girlfriends a little too much. Cary Allen Christensen, 32, was indicted on a felony stalking charge, which was enhanced to a first-degree felony because of prior convictions.

Man arrested for cyberstalking teens - 09/13/12
http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/crime/man-arrested-for-cyberstalking-teens
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that James S. Allen, 36, of New Baltimore, MI, has been arrested and charged with cyberstalking, trafficking in computer passwords, and making harassing telephone calls. According to complaint, Allen used the internet and text messages to communicate with at least 10 female victims in Western New York, many of them minors, in an effort to obtain pornographic pictures of the victims.

Finding the will, with existing law, to put trolls away - 09/12/12
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/finding-the-will-with-existing-law-to-put-trolls-away/story-e6frg13u-1226472916114
IF you receive a threat by mail or by phone, or if you are subject to relentlessly cruel personal attacks online, then you may choose to take legal action. Existing laws allow for the punishment of those who engage in such reprehensible behaviour, including harassment by phone and cyber stalking.

Online bullying and harassment – employers beware - 09/12/12
http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/features/1074526/online-bullying-harassment-employers-beware
Social media can be good for business, but irreverent comments posted online and viral emails are just the opposite. Employers are learning from past examples of internet misuse and misbehaviour by tightening acceptable-use policies and setting standards for emails and professional social networking.

Man branded as cyberstalker faces federal charges - 09/12/12
http://www.buffalonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120912/CITYANDREGION/120919649/1010
A Michigan man who tried to get at least 10 young women from Western New York, many of them minors, to send him pornographic pictures of themselves on the Internet this summer has been arrested on federal charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Wednesday.

Stalking verdict: $4.8M for harassed Florida woman - 09/11/12
http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-09-11/news/os-stalking-verdict-millions-florida-woman-20120911_1_florida-woman-million-verdict-damages
A Florida woman won a $4.8 million verdict against a former family friend from Michigan who she says stalked and harassed her for more than seven years. Jurors in Naples on Monday decided 72-year-old James L. Dingwall III should pay 32-year-old Shaliece Delight Hall $1.2 million in compensatory damages and $3.6 million in punitive damages.

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