Last year, I wrote about a problem that I had with a stalker – he was someone that I met when I did HBO. He sent emails to me and then started calling and hanging up. Fortunately, even though the calls were coming up as anonymous, I was able to trace them. I had to file a police report before Comcast would release the information and it was released directly to the police, not me. I told the police who I thought it was even before the report came back and I was right.
Yesterday, I got two emails from him – he apparently did not understand when he was told by the police to leave me alone or charges would be filed. After the second email came in, I called the police here to let them know that I want to pursue charges. That is obviously the only way that he will ever leave me alone.
This morning, I looked to see what the requirements to get a restraining order were. I was very surprised to learn that Pennsylvania doesn’t issue restraining orders. They do issue protection from abuse orders but I doubt that what is going on with me would meet those requirements. This guy moved to Indiana and that is where the IP address is tracing back to. I thought since it crossed state lines, there should be some federal protection.
In my searches to find out what the laws were, I read the PA statutes on harassment. Seeing as how last year’s phone calls were traced by Comcast, he used his Comcast IP address to send yesterday’s emails and one of those contained “threatening or obscene words,” he will easily be found guilty. In PA, he will be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. When I Googled to find out exactly what that means, if found guilty, the minimum sentence is six months and maximum is one year.