Stalking in the News – Week of July 25, 2010

A summary (click links for complete stories) of this week’s stalking stories.  Most notably is the STALKERS Act of 2010 a very necessary legislative change that would be in effect on the federal level.

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Spa City Cop Charged with Stalking
SARATOGA SPRINGS — A city police officer surrendered himself to State Police on charges that he stalked a woman, police say.
State troopers arrested Patrick Arpei, 28, Tuesday on a count of fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor, State Police Senior Investigator John Brooks of the Wilton barracks said.
Brooks declined to provide specifics about the allegations, but a blotter report showed that police were contacted about the incident at 3:57 p.m. July 20. State Police referred the case to the Saratoga County district attorney’s office, Brooks said.

Can Erin Andrews Stop the stalkers?
A year after she was illegally videotaped in the nude, the ESPN presenter campaigns to beef up U.S. anti-stalking laws in the digital age

Fighting Against Stalking
VIDEO: News coverage on the recent changes in stalking incidences.

Cops’ silence has stalker attack woman 2nd time
July 29: A stalker set ablaze a 21-year-old woman in Nizamabad on Thursday angry at her spurning his romantic overtures. Musula Naresh, 24, of Pochammagally, had been harassing the young woman, Ch. Gouthami, for last six months and he had tried to kidnap and kill her three months ago.

Why We Need the STALKERS Act of 2010
More than three million women in the U.S. are stalked every year — or at least, that’s the minimum number of women who report being followed and harassed — and Andrews is not the first female sports reporter to be stalked. Outside of the sports world, there are countless other women who are harassed by strangers on a daily basis commuting to work or running simple errands, and harassing and stalking is often part of a larger pattern of behavior. Stalkers may also turn violent when confronted, something every stalking victim fears.

Man Receives Life for Stalking His Sister

A Lauderdale County Circuit Court judge honored a request by prosecutors and the victim in an aggravated stalking case to sentence a man to life in prison.
Lauderdale Circuit Court Judge Gil Self sentenced James Keith Larry to life in prison for aggravated stalking and 15 years for criminal mischief with the sentences to be served consecutively.
Larry, 61, of Tuscumbia, was convicted June 16. He was accused of making at least 30 threatening telephone calls and threats to his sister, who lives in Florence, and vandalizing her home with spray paint.

Authorities nab suspect accused of stalking 18-year-old girl
A 29-year-old former surgeon in training at the Medical University of South Carolina has been captured in West Ashley by local authorities in connection with stalking an 18-year-old girl.
Karl Leonard Ehrens, 29, was wanted on first-degree harassment charges after leaving boxes full of stuffed animals and paperwork indicating that he had passed a polygraph test at his victim’s new residence. The girl had already filed a restraining order against Ehrens, as well as numerous reports of his stalking behavior.

Cyber-Stalking Could be a Federal Crime
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Making threats online has become an increasingly popular way for stalkers to get to their victims.
But they will face federal charges if a new law is passed.
The cyberstalking law would make it a federal crime to stalk someone online, increase penalties for stalking kids, create a database of cases, and make it easier for authorities to prosecute cyber-stalking cases.