Teens arrested for cyberstalking after threatening violence against juvenile on Twitter
POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 3:27pm
UPDATED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 7:00pm
BAKER, LA (NBC33) — Two teens from Baker have been arrested for cyberstalking after they allegedly threatening to beat up and kill another teen via Twitter. The victim claims the threats started two years ago and forced her to transfer to a new school out of fear for her safety.
The Baker Police Department was contacted on Sunday, Sept. 29 shortly before 4:00 p.m. The victim’s grandmother called police after discovering the threatening messages on the social media site.
“[The victim and her grandmother] were able to produce images from the victim’s personal cell phone showing Twitter messages,” the report noted. “[The juvenile victim] explained to this officer that this activity had been a recurring event.”
The tweets were allegedly sent by Chantel Williams, 17, and Jasmine Montgomery, 17. Teens used to be friends with the victim, but the friendship allegedly turned sour when Montgomery’s boyfriend expressed interest in the victim.
“The harassment has been so consistent that [the victim] had to be removed from the Baker school system because of continued threats to her safety,” the report noted. “Despite transferring to another school system, the harassment has continued and it has escalated with both [suspects] now focusing their harassment on the [victims] younger sister.”
The officer was able to verify that the twitter handles matched to the suspects and additional witness statements matched the information the victim provided.
Williams and Montgomery were both arrested and charged with Cyberstalking. They were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Williams was issued an additional charge of Simple Assault. Her bond was set $7,500.
Cyberstalking is a felony offense. If convicted, the sentence can include a fine up to $2,000 and/or a year in prison. For a second offense, the sentence can include a fine up to $5,000 and a minimum of 180 days in prison or a maximum of 3 years in prison.
In addition, the court has the right to seize all personal property used in the commission of the offense, and if the offender is convicted that property will be sold in a public auction.
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