Keizer man faces criminal charges for alleged cyberbullying
The actions of a 51-year-old man Keizer man led to his recent arrest on charges of cyber bullying his stepdaughter, a student at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
A local newspaper reported that the suspect allegedly attempted to keep his stepdaughter from seeing a male acquaintance and drinking alcohol by creating an online account under a false name to harass his stepdaughter into avoiding her acquaintance. A Corvallis police investigation showed that the stepfather also hacked his stepdaughter's Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.
In addition, the suspect is accused of stealing pictures on his stepdaughter's computer. The suspect allegedly posted some pictures online and threatened further postings if she did not change her behavior. The suspect reportedly made other physical threats to the stepdaughter and her roommate, including slashing the roommate's tires.
He was also accused of illegally entering his stepdaughter's apartment to pour out a bottle of liquor. Police further allege that the man lied to them during their investigation by portraying himself as a computer hacking victim, a claim he later admitted was false.
The suspect was arrested on charges of burglary, identity theft, computer crime and felony coercion.
The stepdaughter's mother said that although her husband of 15 years helped raise her children and they remain married, she considers him an ex-husband now.
Oregon residents know that breaking state laws can lead to criminal charges. Depending on the severity of the criminal offense, a person can be prosecuted in a county, state or federal court. Depending on the nature of the crime, a conviction can lead to incarceration, probation, fines or other penalties.
Anyone accused of criminal charges deserves a strong defense in order to protect his or her rights in court. Any person under suspicion should speak with a criminal defense attorney who can navigate local, state or federal courts as the case may be.