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Man Charged Under New Cyber-Stalking Law

A North Hollywood man has become the first perpetrator to be prosectued under California's new cyber-stalking law. Gary S. Dellapenta, a 50-year-old security guard, has been charged with stalking, computer fraud, and solicitation of sexual assault. After his romantic advances were rebuffed by a woman he met at church, he proceeded to post ads in her name on America Online, Hotmail, and other internet sites that described fantasies of being gang-raped. When people responded, he revealed personal information about her, from the address of her apartment to her physical description, her phone number and how to bypass her home security system. Law enforcement officials have predicted that such crimes will proliferate, aided by the decrease in personal privacy and the anonymity of cyberspace.

Los Angeles Times, 22 January 1999

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