True Crime Online Newsletter - September 28, 2015

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Taco Bell fires worker from viral hand-in-pants photo
Taco Bell officials said an employee at an Ohio franchise was fired after a viral photo on social media showed him with his hand down the back of his pants. The picture, which was posted to Taco Bell's official Facebook page by concerned customers, shows an employee at a Sandusky, Ohio, location with his left hand down the back of his pants -- apparently inside his underwear. The Erie County Health Department said officials visited the store after a complaint about the photo was lodged with the department Monday. Taco Bell released a statement in response to the controversial photo.

"This is completely unacceptable. Our franchisee took immediate action and has terminated the employee and retrained the entire staff. We want customers to know that the person in the photo was never in contact with the food, and that the Health Department inspected the restaurant and approved its operations."

The company fired two Taco Bell workers in June of 2013 after a viral photo emerged showing one of the employees licking a stack of taco shells. The company said the shells were for training purposes and were not served to customers.

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Man who sent threatening messages to his family gets 3-year sentence - 09/28/15
A 44-year-old former Arlington Heights man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for sending numerous text and phone messages in which he threatened to kill family members. Steven Karavidas, who was living in Colorado, pleaded guilty in the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court to one count of cyberstalking, a felony.

As Florida’s sexual cyberharassment law becomes effective, thinking about corporate social responsibility - 09/27/15
On Oct. 1, “sexual cyberharassment” will become illegal in the Sunshine State. In May, Florida became the 16th state to enact a law aimed at criminalizing the nonconsensual posting of intimate media. Critics of Florida’s law point to the statute’s limitations. The statute does not cover the dissemination of sexually explicit images and videos by email, text message, or peer-to-peer networks. Criminal activity under the statute requires the posting of personal identifying information along with a sexually explicit image. And the statute contains a requirement that the perpetrator intended to cause emotional distress.

Menacing by stalking in online anonymity - 09/27/15
A solemn look took over Paul Quinn’s face peering down at his iPhone. He opened an email inbox with the more than 700 unread messages he’s received since the start of the year. That doesn’t account for the Facebook posts and phone calls. All of them are from the same person ­ someone Quinn is trying to escape. Quinn alleges the woman is stalking him.

UN: 'urgent action' needed on cyber violence against women - 09/25/15
Nearly three quarters of women and girls have experienced some form of cyber violence according to a report from the United Nations Broadband Commission. Women are 27 times more likely to be abused online than men, the report said. It added that 73 percent of women had reported experiencing online abuse, with 18 percent -- around 9 million women -- experiencing serious internet violence.

Internet stalker threatened Southport couple after online romance - 09/25/15
An internet romance turned sour after a man embarked on a stalking campaign against a former lover and her partner in Southport. Motasim Nasrullah, 27, travelled from his home in London to the victims’ home town after finding the woman was in a relationship with another man while she had been seeing him. Nasrullah, of Violet Road in Walthamstow threatened to kill the boyfriend even though he was in “the same situation” regarding the woman’s infidelity.

How Women In eSports Deal With Twitch Toxicity Every Day - 09/25/15
While the keynote at the first-ever TwitchCon repeatedly made sure to celebrate and thank its community for its passion, it made no mention of how toxic some of its chatrooms can be, especially to women. That topic did not escape discussion at the convention’s first panel, Women in eSports. The panelists spoke about their views on a variety of different subjects, from what could be done to increase the number of women competing in eSports to whether or not women-only eSports tournaments are a good idea. One consistent thread throughout the panel, however, was how much online harassment female gamers and streamers had to put up with in the course of their career.

Man accused of posting nude photos of woman with intent to harass her - 09/25/15
A Mesa County man is facing charges of domestic violence related to a new state law that makes it a crime to post private images of a person in order to harass them. John Jacob Germany, 32, received a $10,000 cash bond from a judge Friday in Mesa County District Court on charges of stalking, violation of a protection order, posting a private image for harassment and domestic violence.

Stalking your ex on Facebook is not good for mental health - 09/24/15
If you have gone through a romantic break-up recently, avoid stalking your ex on Facebook as it may make emotional recovery more difficult than ever. According to researchers, individuals who were most distressed by a break-up were most likely to monitor their ex-partners online which could make it more difficult for them to recover.

What To Do When You're Catfished On Tinder - 09/24/15
Since joining Tinder I’ve discovered that among the plenty of fish online, quite a few are of the catfish variety. But what is the best way to handle being cat-fished? Drawing on my own and a few other experiences I discovered the various coping tactics out there, along with the advice of two dating experts to find out the best way to handle being cat-fished on Tinder.

Gainesville man burns 15 pairs of his wife’s shoes - 09/23/15
Gainesville Police arrested a local man early Tuesday morning after he reportedly posted revealing photos of his wife on Facebook and burned her shoes. About 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, Glover Smith, 43, reportedly uploaded three photos of his partially nude wife after an argument caused her to leave their home, according to a police report.

A social media nightmare - 09/22/15
Three years ago, when Brittany Thorogood was in her early 20s, she received a message from a friend urging her to check out the link they had attached. When she clicked on it, she was taken to a “cam girls” website. She scrolled down the page and was mortified when she saw photos of herself and her friends, along with personal information, posted on the site. “They took a couple pictures from my Facebook albums,” said Thorogood. “I have no idea how they got there.”


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