Brocton, New York Chautauqua County will hopefully be lauded as paving the way for victims. As it was, the only course of action for a victim to quit receiving harassing phone calls and text messages has been to incur financial burdens and a hell of a lot of hassle by changing their phone number. With cyber bullying, it’s easy to block the user who’s so pathetic and attempts to fill their useless life by harassing others. But now that law enforcement is stepping up the game, these scum are being busted.
I’ve been following (closely) a case where a 55-year-old convicted felon in Arizona has tried internet stalking, digging up personal information, tweeting it on Twitter, contacting the children of his targets (and admitting doing so), creating numerous Facebook accounts, email accounts, etc. in a desperate attempt to gain attention. Negative internet attention is better than no attention when it comes to this ass. I imagine it’s difficult not being able to leave his elderly mother’s house for fear of having to face violation of his dangerous drug charges.
Even though extreme measures were taken, this particular case evolved from harassment via the internet to phone calls and text messages. Not one nor two but one after the other after the other in the early morning hours when mommy is fast asleep and he runs no risk of being caught and her yanking away his phone and internet privileges I suppose. I like this case not only because law enforcement officials have him on the radar again, but because of the mental imagery it conjures. A 55-yr-old, sitting with a tiny phone with tiny buttons, drooling out of his mouth as he punch, punch, punches his unread messages into the device. Or better yet, foaming all over his keyboard searching for an internet site that will attempt to disguise the number and do half the work for him. Stupid is as stupid does. Court orders are awesome and idiots often forget about technology.
All it takes is having enough, as this Brocton woman did. John V. Noel III, (37) was charged with second-degree harassment. About time, I’d say. And with that I hope a “no contact” order. You know, you have to spell things out for desperate fools like this. It’ll be a good thing for Noel if he doesn’t have a laundry list of convictions on his record. Somehow I think his punishment would be worse if he had a few assault charges, was proven to be uncooperative with enforcement officials, not a drug runner, and hadn’t been in front of the same judges time in and time out over the course of many years. Judges do get sick of seeing the same faces appear before them. Especially the older the perp gets.
My advice for these assholes? Get a job, a girlfriend, (or small pet), and a life. This shit is traceable – phone records are kept and IP addresses logged and traced. Even if you are an idiot, others may not be. Some just take a seat and wait for the hanging to begin…
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