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Monday, January 26, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - January 26, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Google Street View catches lawn mower thieves in the act
Police in Denmark said a Google Street View image offered new evidence in an unsolved crime by catching two men in the act of stealing a lawn mower. South Jutland police posted an image to Twitter on Tuesday showing two men taking the small tractor from a business in Rinkenaes in 2012. "Fantastic! A Google photo shows two thieves in action in Rinkenaes near Grasten. Who are they?" police wrote in the Twitter post. Police said they only recently discovered the Google Street View image, and they are hoping it will lead to tips from the public.

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What is the best way to tackle cyber-stalkers? - 01/26/15
Advances in technology have led to an increase in cyber-stalking, but what is the best way of tackling the problem? BBC Inside Out's Mary Rhodes spoke to Dr Emma Short who runs the National Centre for Cyber-stalking Research at the University of Bedfordshire about the best ways of deterring stalkers.

Cyberstalking Worse Than Stalking? - 01/25/15
In a new study, researchers explored and compared the experiences of people who had been victims of stalking or cyberstalking (harassing or threatening via the Internet). They found that victims of cyberstalking had to engage in more ‘self-protective’ behaviors, pay higher out-of-pocket costs to combat the problem, and experienced greater fear over time than traditional stalking victims.

'Online abuse is one thing, to be threatened with rape is another': Chloe Madeley on the terrifying moment when cyber-stalking went too far - 01/24/15
One imagines someone who’s had as charmed a life as Chloe Madeley would know one end of a pair of skis from the other. Her parents are Richard and Judy, TV legends, for goodness sake. Wasn’t an annual trip to Val d’Isère as much a part of her childhood as the big house, the private school and the pony club?

Man With 35 Previous Arrests Charged in Stalking Incident - 01/24/15
Authorities have arrested 37-year-old Corey McKenzie Ray of White Castle, LA, and charged him with Stalking and Cyber Stalking. According to warrant, investigators were contacted in September of 2014 by the victim who stated that Ray had been stalking her. The victim added that she used to date Ray but the couple broke up 5 months prior.

Online harassment targets strike back against abusers - 01/24/15§ion=expressions
Crash Override, billed as an “online harassment task force,” is a private network of experts in such fields as law, information security, public relations, law enforcement, threat monitoring, and counseling ­ all of whom are on-call to assist and support victims of online harassment.

This reality show confronts online trolls in real life - 01/23/15
Trolljägarna (Troll Hunter) is a Swedish reality TV show that hunts down and confronts online harassers in real life. It's hosted by investigative journalist Robert Aschberg, who actively confronts online abusers as they leave work, or finds them outside their homes. CBC radio's Q has just posted an interview with Aschberg, discussing the show. "How extreme does the hatred have to get?" Q guest host Candy Palmater asked Aschberg. "We don't go after people who just joke with other guys... we're talking really hate here," Aschberg responded.

Father of alleged Snapchat bullies loses his job - 01/23/15
The father of two teen boys who allegedly bullied a Minnesota girl with racist comments on Snapchat has reportedly been fired from his job. The alleged case of cyberbullying became a national news story when the father of the girl made an emotional plea on YouTube, seeking to force his daughter’s bullies to “own” their comments.

CPS Won't Demand Students' Social Media Passwords Despite New Law - 01/23/15
A new state law on cyberbullying is giving some school districts the leeway to demand that students surrender passwords to social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter. The new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, targets online harassment between students and gives district broad leeway to come up with policies to combat it.

What to do when a cyberstalker bothers you - 01/23/15
It may start as something merely annoying, but if luck isn't on your side, cyberstalking can escalate into something else entirely. Stalkers have found a new way of keeping tabs on their victims, resorting to social networks and good ol’ Google to find out what their “favorite people” have been up to. Have you ever had a cyberstalker? Has anyone ever creeped you out by following you on all your social networks? Have you ever received persistent emails from someone you don’t even know?

Not Guilty Verdict For Salon Owner in Murder-For-Hire Plot - 01/22/15
The former owner of a Southern California skin care business that catered to celebrities was found not guilty Thursday of charges stemming from an alleged attempt to hire a former NFL player to kill one of her competitors. Dawn DaLuise, 55, who owned the now-defunct Skin Refinery on Santa Monica Boulevard before the tangled alleged plot was uncovered, was charged last spring with a felony count of murder-solicitation.

Bill could make ‘revenge porn’ a felony - 01/21/15
A Florida lawmaker wants to discourage spurned lovers from sharing those nude photos or sex tapes to spite their exes. Republican state Rep. Tom Goodson is sponsoring HB 151, which seeks to make disseminating pornographic images as a form of harassment a third-degree felony. If the legislation is adopted, Florida would be the 15th state with laws criminalizing the posting of sexually explicit material as a means of embarrassment.

Newport Woman Charged with Cyberstalking - 01/21/15
A 40-year-old Newport Woman has been charged with cyberstalking after she allegedly sent another woman a series of threatening emails. Police said Nciole D. Scardigno, 40, of 40 Corne St., Newport, was arrested Tuesday after an investigation into the emails, which began earlier this month.

Monday, January 19, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - January 19, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Video shows police officer singing along to 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift in patrol car
A video posted online by the Dover, Del. Police Department shows Officer Jeff Davis singing along to "Shake It Off" by Taylor Swift. The officer is seen reciting almost every single word of the song, bouncing in his seat and making hand gestures as he sings. He calms down and appears professional when he sees a pedestrian and then continues singing and moving to the song. The video starts with an introduction explaining that the department sometimes sees "interesting" things when reviewing dashcam footage, and they've decided to share some of their videos in a series they're calling "Dash Cam Confessionals." The video has over 2 million views.

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Zoe Quinn establishes support service for GamerGate victims - 01/19/15
People who have suffered at the hands of online hate group GamerGate are being offered support by a new service established by Zoe Quinn.Crash Override describes itself as a new "online anti-harassment task force" and has, as seems to be the way, already been itself the target of abuse from those who continue to peddle the #Gamergate hashtag.

Taiwanese man dies after three-day computer gaming binge - 01/19/15
A Taiwanese man who was on a three-day computer gaming binge died in an Internet cafe and went unnoticed for hours, the second such death in the area in less than a month. The man, identified as Hsieh, went into the Internet cafe on Jan. 6 and was found motionless on a table on Jan. 8. Investigators said the man had a heart attack. His death went unnoticed for several hours as gamers continued around him.

Philip Finch fined in Perth Magistrates Court for threatening ex-girlfriend with sex tape - 01/18/15
WA must introduce laws that ensure the cyber harassment of women is recognised as domestic violence, experts say. The call comes after two recent cases of “revenge porn” in WA. A Perth man was fined $2000 for threatening an ex-girlfriend he would make her an “online celebrity” by uploading a sex tape of her to a pornography website. Philip Finch appeared in the Perth Magistrates Court, where he pleaded guilty to one count of making written threats, via a smartphone application.

Cyber threat concerns arise amid push for wider broadband coverage - 01/18/15
The possibilities and risks inherent in the dissemination of the internet across Nigeria continue to necessitate implementation of cyber security initiatives, particularly in economies with underdeveloped technology infrastructure. With the federal government pushing for a deeper and wider national broadband penetration and coverage amid the presidency’s delay in signing off the Cybercrime Bill, major sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, telecommunications, banking, are being exposed to the exploits of cybercriminals prowling the digital landscape, with no form of restriction, industry observers have said.

Police falsely called to Burnaby women’s home by online harassers - 01/15/15
A Burnaby woman became the target of an online harassment campaign this weekend for nothing more than who she follows on Twitter. Ashley Lynch became the latest victim of an online intimidation knowing as “swatting”, when Burnaby RCMP officers showed up at her house in the middle of the night on January 11, on a tip that she had weapons inside.

'Coke in the trunk' pranksters fail to amuse LAPD - 01/15/15
Los Angeles police said a YouTube prank involving officers being tipped off to a trunk full of "coke" that turned out to be Coca-Cola wasted police resources. The video, created by the Nelk Filmz prank group and titled "Coke Prank on Cops," went viral this week after the group filmed themselves sitting in a vehicle and being approached by police.

Man arrested for pointing iPhone at police - 01/15/15
The New York Police Department said a man was arrested for pointing his iPhone at on-duty police to show friends "how easy it would be" to shoot an officer. Investigators said Unique Johnson, 32, was driving a Chevy TrailBlazer with six friends, co-workers from an energy sales company, about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he pulled up alongside a squad car and pointed his phone at the head of one of the two officers in the car.

'The Internet has your back bro': Car dealership cruelly shames pizza delivery man by calling him back and taking away his tip and then posts the video - which backfires spectacularly - 01/15/15
The staff at a car dealership who decided to post a video in which they shame a pizza delivery man are now getting a taste of their own medicine. Workers who have been identified as employees at F & R Auto Sales in Westport, Massachusetts, made a worker from Palace Pizza return and give them back their tip after they claimed that he just ran off with the money.

Act to protect Singaporeans from harassment takes effect - 01/15/15
Victims of harassment can now apply straight to the Singapore Court for a Protection Order, which will direct the harasser to stop the behaviour and put a stop to the spread of harassing communication by others who re-publish the communication, announced the Ministry of Law today (Jan 15).

Deville woman facing 105 cyberstalking charges - 01/15/15
A Deville woman is facing 105 counts of cyberstalking after allegedly contacting a victim after the person had asked her to stop, according to a release. Lydia McDaniel Hutson, 34, of 43 Bass Road, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on Wednesday, charged with one count of stalking and 105 counts of cyberstalking.

Sex-trafficking suspects arrested at Sea-Tac Airport, Chicago; two victims from Redmond - 01/15/15
This week, police arrested 48-year-old David DeLay and 20-year-old Marysa Comer on felony warrants with the Redmond Police Department (RPD). DeLay's warrant was for second-degree promoting prostitution and tampering with a witness. He was arrested Monday evening at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport after arriving on a flight from Chicago. DeLay was booked into King County Jail, said Janessa Rosick, public information coordinator for the RPD.

St. Gabriel Female Charged with Cyberstalking, Defamation of EBR Judge - 01/15/15
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office has arrested Zaine Kasem, 25, St. Gabriel, in connection with a cyberstalking incident. According to a report investigators were contacted by an EBR Family Court Judge on January 8th regarding allegations of cyberstalking and defamation.

On-Campus Stalking Is The Issue You’re Not Hearing About - 01/15/15
Rachel Pendray, a 20-year-old nursing major at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, was fatally shot in 2006 by Jake Taylor, a former student who claimed to love her. The blond cheerleader had become an obsession for Taylor since the two briefly dated the summer after her freshman year, so when Pendray broke things off, the 24-year-old did not take it lightly. He attempted suicide twice over the course of the following year, continued bringing her gifts, and called and texted her constantly. Some of Pendray’s friends were unnerved by Taylor’s behavior, but Pendray herself never filed any complaints; she even let him enter her bedroom the evening he killed her.

I Wasn’t Prepared for the Horror Story That Is Online Dating While Black - 01/14/15
I try to remind myself that no one ever said online dating would be a wholly pleasant experience. There is an inherent awkwardness that comes with entering the world of swipes and algorithms, and it’s simply unavoidable. I grew up and into an era during which the Internet has basically informed much of my identity and sparked many of my most important relationships ­ I’ve met some of my closest friends via sites like LiveJournal and Tumblr. And today, there’s no twentysomething I know who hasn’t met a bae or a jump off via some app or online service. So there’s no real sense of the taboo when it comes to dating online.

New police unit to fight cybercrime in Mumbai - 01/14/15
The Mumbai police will soon have a full-fledged cell to fight cybercrime, with 100 officers working on such cases under the supervision of a deputy commissioner. The cell will also train 1,000 officers from across different police stations in investigating such cases. Currently, only one police station, in Bandra-Kurla Complex, looks into online fraud, identity theft, offensive posts, cyber-stalking and other Internet-related crimes.

San Diego Woman Sentenced for Tormenting Couple Who Moved Into Her Dream Home - 01/13/15
Soon after Jerry Rice and Janice Ruhter bought their dream home in San Diego's upscale Carmel Valley in the fall of 2011, bizarre things started happening. Their home was mysteriously listed for sale on the Internet, their mail suddenly stopped over Christmas, and they were inundated with over $1,000 worth of magazines and books they had not ordered. On Valentine's Day, an angry neighbor confronted Rice, asking him why he was sending a Valentine's Day card to his wife. At least eight of his neighbors' wives received similar cards.

Men - it's time to grow up - 01/13/15
WHILE the rise of internet bullying, online stalking and cyber fraud are well documented, there’s another dark side of the internet which only seems to have arisen in recent times. The Men’s Rights Activists movement – a group of entirely white, young middle class men who are under the impression feminists have somehow taken over western society – has spread like a particularly annoying rash over usergenerated sites such as Facebook and Reddit.

Sheriff: Man sends photo of gun in text message, writes 'I'm coming' - 01/12/15
A Baton Rouge man was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of cyberstalking after being accused of sending threatening text messages to a woman after a dispute. According to the probable cause affidavit, 26-year-old Christopher Joseph Hamilton began texting a woman and her boyfriend after the couple got into an argument with him while visiting a relative.

Monday, January 12, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - January 12, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Three Fourth-Grade Students Suspended after Plotting to Kill Teacher with Hand Sanitizer
Three grade four girl students have been suspended from their school as they planned to kill their teacher. These girls from Elba Elementary School knew that the teacher was allergic to anti-bacterial hand sanitizer and did not allow the item in the class. The girls made a plan to spread the sanitizer on many things with an intention that their teacher would touch them and die. They shared this plan with other classmates as well. A mother of one of the three girls came to know about the plan and shared with the school authorities. Parents of other girls said that they were aware of the plan, but preferred to stay quiet. After knowing about the plan, the school principal organized a meeting with the girls, their parents and the police. One of the students was of the view that they did not like the teacher due to yelling. She also affirmed that the entire class had problem with that particular teacher. Police has not filed any charges as the teacher remains unharmed. As per the juvenile laws of New York State, the girls must have committed a felony or misdemeanor and then they are charged. The police wanted to discuss the case with the youth court, but the school decided to handle the case internally, informed Chief Deputy Jerome Brewster of the Genesee County Sheriff's Department. Elba Superintendent Jerome Piwko said that the case has shocked them. "The District cannot comment on the specifics of this event, including discipline, as the information is protected from disclosure under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The reports in the media and on social media do not accurately reflect the entire event", affirmed Piwko.

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NYPD, FBI issue alerts after ISIS puts out video calling for attacks on law enforcement - 01/12/15
The nation’s largest police force is on high alert after ISIS re-released a propaganda video urging the murder of “intelligence officers, police officers, soldiers and civilians” in the U.S., a development federal law enforcement agencies as well as the NYPD took seriously, given recent events -- including last week’s Islamist rampage in Paris.

Cyber attacks becoming more sophisticated, brazen - 01/12/15
The recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures by North Korean hackers has again put the spotlight on the dangers stalking a world digitally connected like never before. Till now mainly restricted to personal computers and laptops, the threat will only get bigger with smartphones and tablets becoming devices of daily use.

Couple arrested after videos surface of 1-year-old playing with handgun - 01/11/15
An Indiana couple has been arrested after police discovered two disturbing cell phone videos of a 1-year-old boy playing with a handgun. The videos were found after Evansville Police arrested Michael Barnes on Thursday during a sting operation in which Barnes – who had an active warrant for armed robbery – agreed to sell a handgun to an undercover officer.

Charity's 'I saw your willy' video teaches kids texting safety - 01/09/15
A British children's charity has unveiled I saw your willy, an animated video aimed at educating kids about the dangers of sending salacious pictures. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children's video, posted to the organization's YouTube account and Facebook page Friday, features the cautionary tale of a young boy named Alex who sends a picture of his "willy" to a friend only to have it go viral.

Trial begins for skin-care guru accused of hiring hit man to kill rival - 01/09/15
A skin-care specialist known for her celebrity clientele and avant garde treatments became so obsessed with a rival aesthetician that she took the law into her own hands and solicited his killing, a Los Angeles County prosecutor told jurors Friday. Dawn DaLuise, a former model known as the skin-care guru to the stars, wasn't just sharing her frustrations with friends when she said she hated Gabriel Suarez, a competitor who opened up near her West Hollywood business last year, Deputy Dist. Atty. Christine Von Helmolt said.

Stolen cameras email pictures of suspects to owner - 01/08/15
Two North Carolina men accused of stealing trail cameras were quickly identified and arrested when one of the cameras continued emailing photos to the owner.

Orange County woman relieved after accused stalker arrested - 01/08/15
The man accused of stalking an Orange County woman has been arrested, WFTV reporter Angela Jacobs found out Thursday. Agen Manuel ValleDiaz, 19, is accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend. Kaylee, who didn’t want to release her last name, was there when ValleDiaz went before a judge Thursday, in what she said was a show of strength toward him.

New York Man Indicted for Allegedly Threatening, Stalking FBI Agent - 01/08/15
A federal grand jury in Ohio Tuesday indicted a New York man on charges of stalking and threatening a Pittsburgh FBI agent who led the investigation into his cousin, a notorious New Jersey lawyer sent to prison for the rest of his life. Ron Bergrin was arrested by the FBI last month in Cleveland and remains in custody there. He faces a detention hearing Thursday in U.S. District Court and will almost certainly be detained pending trial because of the potential danger to Pittsburgh FBI Agent Shawn Brokos.

3 Investigates: Death of Alicia West raises concerns over protection for victims of domestic violence - 01/08/15
Alicia West's life was cut short in a shocking act of violence, one that many describe as deeply personal. It's a crime that will haunt her family forever. "I thought she was the most beautiful baby I'd ever seen." 33-year-old West was murdered on her father's birthday, December 6th. In a tearful interview, Charles Warren remembers his daughter as a bright, happy child - a memory that's tough to reconcile with the last months of her life.

South Amboy man allegedly threatened police on Facebook - 01/08/15
A city resident has been charged with cyber harassment toward the police after allegedly posting a threat on Facebook. According to South Amboy Police Detective Matthew Barcheski, outside law enforcement units notified the city’s police force on Dec. 21 that a South Amboy resident had posted a threat of violence toward police via social media. The suspect was identified as South Amboy resident Brian Butler, 25.

Stalking Awareness Month 2015: Schools Must Record Incidents for Clery Act - 01/06/15
January is National Stalking Awareness Month and certain schools are raising awareness on campus for the act that has been known to sometimes escalate to violence. According to USA Today, stalking only became recognized by the Clery Act in 2013 because of the Obama Administration's reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. About one in five women in college experience sexual assault and stalking is considered a form of harassment, albeit one that is shrouded in gray.

Monday, January 05, 2015

True Crime Online Newsletter - January 5, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Woman cited for mailing cow poop to neighbors
(Just remember, kids - you are NEVER anonymous on the Internet)
An Iowa woman is facing a harassment charge for having a box of cow poop mailed to her neighbors after they repeatedly complained about her dog's barking. Burlington police said Kimberly Capdevila, 51, sent the smelly package to neighbors Steve Rowland and Mary Eipert through website after the neighbors repeatedly complained to police about Capdevila's dog barking during the past three years. "On Dec. 13, Rowland received a package in the mail from," Des Moines County District Associate Court documents state. "Inside the package was a substance that was identified as animal feces. On Dec. 29, (officers) spoke with Kimberly Capdevila, who stated she had the package sent to the Rowlands because of the ongoing problems between the two families." Police said, which offers deliveries of cow, elephant and gorilla poop through the United States Postal Service, did not break the law by filling Capdevila's order. The website says customers "may not use our service to threaten, constitute harassment, violate a legal restraint, or any other unlawful purpose. The customer agrees this is a gag gift, novelty service for entertainment only, and that is their only intention." Capdevila was cited for third-degree harassment and is due in court Jan. 6. The suspect told Burlington newspaper The Hawk Eye she did not intend for her neighbors to be offended by the package. "In no way, shape or form did I intend this to be anything more than a practical joke," she said. "I was given a website that I thought was anonymous. I thought it would be a funny thing to do to send it to my neighbors. "After all the problems we've had, I thought it would be a funny thing to do. I am sorry if they took offense to it. If they took offense, I apologize. I never intended to harass them. I look forward to having my day in court." Game company Cards Against Humanity mailed out 30,000 boxes of "literal poop from an actual bull" as part of a Black Friday promotion, but those boxes were sent directly to customers who were informed of what they were receiving.

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Staff nurse's Facebook account was hacked: Tan Tock Seng Hospital - 01/05/15
Tan Tock Seng Hospital says police are investigating a hack into one of their staff's Facebook accounts, which was used to post anti-Singapore sentiments. “Dear all, the staff concerned is one of our nurses. He has reported to the police that his Facebook account has been hacked. We are cooperating with the police on the investigation. Thank you for the alerts and concern,” said a statement on the hospital’s Facebook page on Sunday.

Misogynist Trolls - 01/04/15
I came across an anomaly and in the quest to research the behavior of sexist trolls, I found extensive writing on this topic by my new Twitter friend, journalist Cathy Young. "Because journalism and political discourse were traditionally men’s territory, a slur that targets a woman’s gender or sexuality is taken to attack her as an interloper. A below-the-belt insult directed at a male writer is just an insult."

Woman’s ex headed for trial under new revenge porn law - 01/04/15
In what has become an increasingly common phenomenon, a Milwaukee woman had to face having nude and seminude photos of her posted on the Internet in April as collateral damage of a messy breakup. Her ex, Keslin Jean Jacques, told her there was nothing she could do to stop him, according to a criminal complaint, because Gov. Scott Walker had not yet signed into law a bill aimed at outlawing the practice.

Declaring world war on phone scammers - 01/04/15
The attackers struck without warning during the hectic holiday season, pinpointing a target in our homeland from half a world away. It was your home telephone. And even though you quickly realized what the evildoers were doing ­ telemarketing or even worse, scamming ­ you felt powerless to make them stop.

‘Let ISIS rape you’: Conservatives deluge ‘American Sniper’ critics with harassment and threats - 01/03/15
Two journalists, Rania Khalek and Max Blumenthal, have become the target of death threats and online harassment from conservatives and Tea Party supporters for their criticism of the pro-Iraq War film American Sniper. Khalek wrote on Friday that she and Blumenthal had aired their grievances with the film, which they see as glorifying the U.S. invasion of Iraq and lionizing a bloodthirsty killer who boasted of his pleasure in gunning down some 160 to 250 Iraqi “savages” during the height of the war.

First sergeant earns ARCOM for calling out online antics - 01/02/15
First Sgt. Katrina Moerk said she never sought recognition for correcting soldiers' unethical behavior online, but received it anyway, and from high places. Lt. Gen. James McConville presented Moerk an Army Medal of Commendation at a Dec. 15 ceremony at the Pentagon and the senior noncommissioned officer received in-person praise from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Stalking: Ignoring it won't make it go away - 01/01/15
January is National Stalking Awareness Month. It’s a time to focus on a crime that affects between 6.6 and 7.5 million victims a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This year’s theme, “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It,” challenges communities everywhere to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

Leelah Alcorn’s death was tragic, but harassing her parents is not the answer - 12/31/14
In a heart-wrenching letter posted to Tumblr on Dec. 28, Leelah Alcorn ­ the 17-year-old transgender girl who apparently committed suicide after a long battle with her parents over her gender identity ­ wrote that she hoped readers would hear what happened to her and try to “fix society.” But as the note began circulating more widely this week, the Internet’s self-appointed vigilantes have turned themselves to a less ambitious quest: “fixing” Alcorn’s mother, Carla, and her father, Doug.

Austin man charged in Michigan for stalking teen - 12/30/14
An Austin man is facing several charges after authorities in Michigan said he drove there to meet a 14-year-old girl he had been texting and talking with on the Internet since she was 12. Over the past year, the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department said the conversations between 27-year-old Glen Stephen Timberlake and the girl became sexual. Police said he sent four sexually explicit videos to the girl, and that one of the videos included a dog.

Unhealthy Relationships Leading to Stalking - 12/30/14
It's easy to confuse a coincidence for stalking. Whether it's someone familiar or a complete stranger, seeing the same person over and over again might leave an unsettling feeling.

Criminal convictions upheld in Massachusetts internet harassment case - 12/29/14
On Dec. 23, 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of Massachusetts affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a pair of defendants that harassed their neighbors through, among other means, internet postings. The Massachusetts couple had been convicted under the state’s criminal harassment statute, G.L. c. 265 § 43A (a). “Where the sole purpose of the defendants’ speech was to further their endeavor to intentionally harass the [victims], such speech is not protected by the First Amendment,” the court wrote.

Feds deport University of Washington student who made social media threats - 12/29/14
The former University of Washington (UW) student from India who was arrested in June for threating a campus shooting on social media was deported Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Keshav Mukund Bhide, 24, departed on an international flight Wednesday afternoon from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Special agents from HSI and the FBI escorted Bhide to the airport and confirmed his departure. He cannot return to the U.S. for 10 years.

Edmonton police to focus more on online crime: chief - 12/29/14
As crime moves online, so will policing, said Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht in a year-end interview. Knecht calls the Internet and social media a “very rich environment for crime.” He said serious and organized crime is being facilitated online, including fraud, break and enters and sexual assaults.

Student gets death threats for publicizing liberal tweets - 12/29/14
Apparently, reporting on public comments by a student leader can be “cyber stalking” and “libel” at Brandeis University. Truth Revolt reporter and Brandeis University student Daniel Mael publicized tweets by Khadijah Lynch, a student leader, who said that she had “no sympathy” for NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were brutally murdered earlier this month.