2 women behind bars in Ashley Madison revenge plot
LOWELL, Mich. - After a Michigan woman was shocked to find three men showing up to her home looking for sex, two women are facing felonies.
46-year-old Teresa Allen and 51-year-old Gwen Eddy are accused of setting up a fake page on the website Ashley Madison. The website is marketed as a destination for married people looking to engage in extramarital affairs. Investigators believe the page was first created last fall and was fueled by the women’s jealousy.
Between November and December of last year, several men showed up at the victim’s home looking to have sexual encounters. Police said the most striking of which was the last man’s visit. The victim wasn’t home at the time, but her kids were. The man arrived at the victim’s doorstep carrying flowers and “other things” and told the children he was there to have a sexual encounter with their mother.
“I look at it from a parent point of view,” Lowell Police Chief Steve Bukala said. “You don’t know who’s on the other end of that keyboard.”
Investigators now believe the Ashley Madison page was created by Allen and Eddy as an act of revenge. Police think Allen's husband could have been participating in an affair with the victim, but both parties are denying it. The victim told detectives that when the men started showing up, she immediately suspected Allen was behind it.
Investigators say they’ve linked the suspects to IP addresses connected to the Ashley Madison account.
“It’s equivalent to a fingerprint at a crime scene,” Bukala said. “It’s that relevant.”
With the IP addresses in hand, police feel certain they have the right women in custody.
“Once the two suspects were confronted with this, all the behavior stopped,” Bulaka said.
Eddy and Allen are now charged with unlawful posting of a message. In Michigan, the charge is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison along with a $5,000 fine.
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