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Wednesday
Apr242013

Accused Cyberstalker Claims to Be Former Romney Campaign Intern

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GREAT NECK N.Y.) -- A man who claims to be a former intern for the Romney presidential campaign has been arrested and charged with cyber stalking and Internet extortion after he allegedly obtained nude pictures of 15 women illegally and threatened to make them public.

Adam Savader, 21, of Great Neck, N.Y., was arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday and booked into the Nassau County jail, according to a jail spokeswoman. He is being held without bail.

If convicted, Savader may face up to five years in prison, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Michigan, which is prosecuting the case.

According to the criminal complaint, Savader anonymously contacted 15 women via text message through a string of Google voice phone numbers. In his messages, he told the women -- many of them college students -- he had obtained nude pictures of them and threatened to send them to their parents and friends if they did not comply with his requests to send him more lewd photographs, the complaints states.

He reportedly proved to some of the women he had gotten a hold of their private pictures by posting them online to public photo sharing websites, the complaint stated.

He also threatened that he was going to send some of the victims' revealing pictures to the Republican National Committee, according to the complaint.

On his LinkedIn profile , Savader identified himself as a former vice presidential operations intern at Romney for President in Boston, as well as a special assistant to the chief operating officer of Newt Gingrich's 2012 campaign in Arlington, Va. Attempts to verify Savader's titles were not successful, but his Facebook page includes photos of him with Romney and Gingrich.

"If we don't have a deal I will send the pictures to those people. Is that what u want? remember what's at stake. do u want ur family and everyone in DC to see ur [breasts]? Just agree to e-mail me a pic of u in ur bra [sic]," he texted one woman, according to the complaint.

Many of Savader's victims told authorities they had nude pictures on their personal email accounts that had been password protected, which Savader allegedly hacked into. Some said they received notifications that their passwords had been changed before receiving threats from Savader, the complaint stated.

Savader began contacting women from September 2012 to February 2013, according to the complaint. He allegedly used the alias "John Smith" to contact these women. "John Smith" never spoke to them over the phone, only through text messages.

Authorities were able to link some of the Google Voice accounts Savader used to his IP addresses and personal cell phone account, registered in his father's name, the complaint read.

The case was brought to the attention of the FBI by detectives from the Ann Arbor Police Department who received a complaint from one of the victims, the U.S. Attorney's Office news release stated.

At least four of the women attended the same university as Savader in Michigan, the complaint stated. Other women who were allegedly blackmailed by Savader lived in Detroit, Washington, D.C. and Long Island, N.Y., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office's press release.

The criminal complaint against Savader was filed on April 17 by an FBI agent in Detroit. The warrant for Savader's arrest was issued on April 22, according to the court docket.

Attempts to reach Savader's attorney, Michael Soshnick, were not successful.

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Thursday
Jul142011

Twelve-Year-Old Sentenced for Cyberstalking Classmate

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A 12-year-old Washington girl was sentenced on Wednesday to probation and community service for a cyberstalking incident in which she and another 11-year-old girl doctored the Facebook account of a classmate, also 12 years old, with explicit photos and solicitations for sex.

But the mother of the victim said she has "mixed feelings" about the sentencing of the girls who hacked her daughter's Facebook page. She isn't satisfied with the judge's ruling.

"We wrote a letter to the judge and we requested that she have no access to social media for the full term of her probation. The judge felt that it would be fine for her to be on with parental supervision," said Tara Cote of Issaquah, Wash.

The 12-year-old, who pleaded guilty and whose name has not been released, was charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing. She was sentenced to six months of probation and 20 hours of community service, along with mandatory adult supervision of all computer usage, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Cote said she wants the tween to have cyberbullying-specific therapy.

"Both girls went online and used social media to do damage and used it as a weapon. Regular therapy will not tell you how to not abuse the Internet," said Cote.

The King County attorney's office did not return a call from ABC News requesting comment.

The girl issued an apology in court.

"I just feel really bad because I know how it feels to be bullied and it's not a good feeling and she didn't deserve to be treated that way at all," the girl said through sniffles, according to ABC News affiliate KOMO.

If the conditions of the sentence are met, the charges will be dismissed. An 11-year-old girl was also charged earlier this month in connection with the case and ordered to do community service. If she completes the hours, the charges against her will also be dismissed.

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Saturday
Jun252011

North Carolina Teacher Charged with Cyberstalking Student

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BURGAW, N.C.) -- A middle school teacher has been charged with cyberstalking one of her 13-year-old students.

Megan Mantooth, 26, is a popular eighth grade math teacher at Burgaw Middle School, located in Burgaw, North Carolina, where her husband is a deputy sheriff.

Mantooth has been charged with cybertalking, allegedly sending "hundreds" of text messages to her student, which included "a lot of sexual innuendos," according to the boy's mother, Elizabeth Graham.

According to Graham, Mantooth obtained her son's cellphone number from a fellow student and started texting the child on June 8.

The "hundreds" of texts that Graham said Mantooth sent her child included one that Graham read to ABC News:

"I wish you were home by yourself right now because I don't have the kids," and "More how? As in see ME more or less clothes more, or both."

Mantooth allegedly compared herself to the middle school female students telling the boy that she would "look better in a bikini," Graham said. She also allegedly made plans to meet the student at his beach house, texting him, "I cannot wait 8 more days to see you."

After discovering the messages being sent to her son, Graham and her husband continued to respond to Mantooth's texts, pretending to be the teen.

According to Lt. Billy Sandars of the Pender County Police Department, the incident report was filed by Elizabeth Graham on June 11, four days after initial contact was allegedly made by Mantooth.

According to Graham, all text messages were initiated by Mantooth and continued from June 8 to June 13, often coming as late as midnight.

When the parents met with Sanders on June 14, they handed over their phone to him. The lieutenant said he continued to impersonate the boy through text messages with Mantooth "for his own investigations."

Mantooth turned herself in on June 16 after Pender County police called to inform her that they had a warrant for her arrest.

Mantooth's voicemail box was full and she did not return calls to ABC News.

Community Schools Director for Pender County Schools, Joice Keith, told ABC News that Mantooth has been suspended with pay pending results of the investigation.

Mantooth is free on bond. A preliminary court date has been set for July 21.

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