Man arrested for cyberstalking after posting threatening comments on Facebook

Man arrested for cyberstalking after posting threatening comments on Facebook
Photo provided by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 11:20am

UPDATED: Friday, August 2, 2013 - 11:25am

A Baton Rouge man was arrested for cyberstalking after he posted threatening comments online regarding the desire to rape a woman.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which stemmed from comments posted by Michael Martin, 22, on Facebook.

According to the arrest report, the comments were made in a group thread. He allegedly made the threatening comments and additionally said “rape should be brought back into the picture” after he saw a picture of the victim. He was then told by another member in the forum that the woman had three children, to which he replied with yet another derogatory comment.

When questioned by deputies, Martin allegedly admitted to making the comments. However, he claims he never intended for the victim to read them. They were posted in a group Facebook chat.

“[It was] about getting our paychecks from an employer that was refusing to pay us,” Martin told NBC33 News. “When we found out he transferred the company to his wife’s name we started joking and I made some unsavory jokes from this evil alter ego Facebook account of mine. Later she got added to the conversation and scrolled upward and read what it said.”

Martin added that he contacted his employer after he learned that his wife read the comments and apologized for his “bad sense of humor.” He says it was after his apology that deputies were called in to investigate.

Martin was arrested and charged with Cyberstalking. He was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Additionally, he had an outstanding warrant for an unpaid speeding ticket. His bond was set at $10,000.

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I really like how the last part of the story say, "Comments on Facebook can be and are often monitored by law enforcement." I hope these comments are being monitored too, so they can go after the real offender, and clear this guy's name.

For shame, WVLA. This is lazy reporting, especially considering the consequences of having your name publicly linked to rape. Though, you did put more into this than the search for Jim Shannon's "hacker."

What this article fails to mention is that he was very clearly joking in the tread, and had no intention of raping anyone. What it also fails to mention is that the person person the claim was made against was invited to the conversation well after this joke was made, yes it was in poor taste, but still a joke. It also fails to mention that the tread was started because their boss was refusing to pay them due wages, which is very illegal. Please do more research before writing these stories.

This story omits some important facts and largely exaggerates the offense. You should do more research on stories before you submit someone for public shaming.

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