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Man arrested for cyberstalking after sending troubling messages to victim

2 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Friday, November 10 2017 Nov 10, 2017 November 10, 2017 6:29 AM November 10, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Raquel Derganz Baker

BATON ROUGE- Authorities arrested a man they say sent multiple messages to a victim making her fear for her safety.

The investigation began on Nov. 7 when a female victim went to the LSU Police Department. The victim informed authorities she first started talking to the suspect on April 1. The two, according to the victim, engaged in "innocent" text message exchanges even though she was uncertain how he got her number.

According to the affidavit, the victim said the messages continued with nothing out of the ordinary until the two attended an event for a club they were both members of at a local restaurant.

During the event, the victim said the person left without paying his bar tab. The victim told authorities she sent him a text message saying, "You're an a**," for leaving his tab for the remaining club members to pay. After receiving that message, the man sent the victim 11 messages within a short period of time.

The victim said he asked odd questions such as, but not limited to, asking what people were saying about him, stating that his reputation was highly important to him. The victim said the rant seemed odd to her so she deleted the number.

The two had no further contact until September 7 during a club meeting. During the meeting, the victim said that while in the middle of a conversation with another person the man walked up to the victim and asked why she hated him. The victim asked he leave her alone.

The two had no more contact during the meeting. After, the victim said she started receiving more text messages and asked the victim if she wanted to go on a date. She recognized the number and ignored it.

From Sept. 7 through Nov. 7 the victim told authorities she received multiple texts and emails. She ignored the messages, but the man persisted, according to reports.

An affidavit said the messages sent included asking the victim if they could keep their relationship strictly physical, attempting to bribe the victim into letting him find her an internship or job and threatening to "blacklist" her and civilly use her.

Things came to a head on Nov. 7 when the man emailed the victim saying he'd be serving her, alluding to a civil subpoena, at her home address in Nevada. This concerned her because she was unsure how he obtained her personal information. The victim said the actions raised personal concern for her safety.

The man was charged with cyberstalking but charges were later dismissed. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated to reflect charges were dismissed.  The man's name was removed from the story. 

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