Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Gators football staff member accused of cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend.
Investigators charged the 51-year-old man, who is the assistant director of player personnel for UF football, with felony aggravated stalking in a string of incidents dating back to April 14.
An arrest report says the man and his ex broke up on April 14. Following the breakup, a report allegedly says the man sent over 40 messages through phone, text and Facebook.
On April 21, the ex apparently requested that the man stop contacting her. Deputies claim he refused and even left a voicemail on her phone stating he would “blow up her car.”
According to the report, the man is accused of sending multiple vulgar messages to her through a different phone after she requested he stop contacting her.
Prosecutors view cyberstalking crimes as serious because of the concern that these crimes will escalate into more violent ones. If you think you are under investigation for a cyberstalking crime or have already been arrested, our Alachua County Criminal Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can evaluate your charges and explain your potential options.
Cyberstalking can result in severe penalties such as jail time and fines. While most cyberstalking crimes are often charged as misdemeanors, the charges can be elevated to a felony in certain situations.
Cyberstalking can include:
- Making criminal threats
- Making false accusations
- Encouraging bullying and humiliation of a user
- Sending harassing emails or messages