Cyberstalking Becoming Bigger Problem

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Illinois cyberstalking law passed in 2001 gives electronic harassment the same penalties as stalking in person, but some say the problem is still budding.

Just last Saturday a South Bend, Indiana, was indicted on charges of cyberstalking and criminal trespass for harassing Tamron Hall, a news anchor or Chicago Fox affiliate WFLD-TV.

Prosecutors say Tonny Horne sent Hall repeated e-mails, letters and phone calls, most of them obscene.

Jayne Hitchcock is president of Working to Halt Online Abuse, an advocacy and support group for victims. She says the Horne case is a classic example of what has led 42 states to write cyberstalking laws.

In Illinois, web stalking is a felony punishable by up to three years in prison.


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