Didn't see a thread on this so enjoy! "Gaming grew into stalking"

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  1. guitarsingerguy Who am I?

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    http://timesunion.com/AspStories/st...ategory=REGIONOTHER&BCCode=&newsdate=1/3/2008

    Gaming grew into stalking
    Man threatened sisters he met online, police say

    By DENNIS YUSKO, Staff writer
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    First published: Tuesday, January 1, 2008

    SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A Granville man is accused of driving 40 hours nonstop across the country and threatening to rape two girls -- ages 15 and 6 -- whom he met playing an online video game.
    Joshua R. Stetar, 20, a self-described "very conservative" Christian who hoped to someday be a Christian school teacher, used mobile text messages to threaten the girls as he drove near their home in Spokane, Wash., police said.

    It came after months of stalking the older girl through hundreds of text messages, police said.

    "Tell the cops that I'm gonna rape you and your sister," Stetar allegedly wrote to the 15-year-old girl, last week.

    Stetar, 20, continually tried to contact the 15-year-old girl since befriending her last December while playing Halo, an action video game played on the Xbox 360 console, Spokane Chief Anne Kirkpatrick said.

    Halo, in which characters use dozens of weapons to defend Earth from hostile aliens, can be played with a headset that enables people to speak to each other live over the Internet.

    Set in the year 2552, the game's alien civilization holds a "single-minded belief that a Great Journey awaits its faithful and that this Journey can be embarked upon by activating an array of vast, ring-like artifacts scattered throughout the Galaxy," according to Microsoft.

    Stetar sent packages and flowers to the older sister at her family's home several times this year, flooded her cellphone with several hundred text messages -- and even flew to Spokane on Oct. 23 to stake out the girl's home, Kirkpatrick said.

    Stetar's Myspace page is filled with Bible verses and also includes the message: "How can I know for sure that I am going to Heaven? First, you must accept that you are a sinner."

    His page also includes a video clip of talk show host Bill O'Reilly criticizing Hollywood actors for their anti-war stances.

    The girl's mother stepped in several months ago and changed her daughter's phone number in an effort to stop Stetar's barrage of calls and messages. But the Granville man allegedly resumed stalking the girl when he got her new number from a mutual friend, police said.

    The situation came to a climax last week, when Stetar drove 40 hours west in his 1996 Oldsmobile. About 9:30 p.m. Friday, he sent a message to the 15-year-old saying that he was in a vehicle in front of her house, police said.

    Six minutes later, police say, he sent the rape threat.

    The girl's parents spotted Stetar in his vehicle and called police. Officers traced the vehicle back to an Econo Lodge hotel, and arrested him there.

    Stetar, who faces felony stalking charges, posted $10,000 bond on Saturday and was released from Spokane County Jail. He could not be reached for comment on Monday. An e-mail address Stetar listed did not appear to be working. Police said he was still in Washington.

    Police say Stetar admitted acquiring the victim's address and other personal information through Internet search engines.

    He faces up to five years in prison if convicted of stalking in Spokane, according to state law. Yusko can be reached at 581-8438 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Staff writer Dan Higgins contributed to this report.


    For an added bonus, here's the winners myspace page. :up:
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=143928951
     
  2. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    What in the hell?!

    Whenever I play Halo online and someone is a little TOO into it, I know never to speak to them. Ever.
     
  3. oakzap425 Registered

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    I'm assuming she gave him her name. She's an idiot. Doesn't condone his actions, none the less, she's and idiot.
     
  4. Brick Tropical Caterpiller

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    That's messed up
     
  5. Addendum Registered

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    I'm assuming your mind went blank when you got to this sentence

    "Police say Stetar admitted acquiring the victim's address and other personal information through Internet search engines"

    So if he got the info from the internet, how is she an idiot?
     
  6. oakzap425 Registered

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    He wouldn't have been able to do it with out her name, which, I'm assuming he didn't magically pull out his ass. :o
     
  7. Mister J Enlightened to the Great Darkness

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    :dry:

    This guy is severely ****ed in the head. Kids needs to be smarter about this type of stuff ...much, much smarter.
     
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    "But the Granville man allegedly resumed stalking the girl when he got her new number from a mutual friend, police said."

    The way it read to me was that he looked up the personal info both times, and got the phone number from the friend. They didn't move
     
  9. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    I assume another party plays the game with them, and that party knows the girl better.
     
  10. oakzap425 Registered

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    Yeah, but you'd be shocked how mean children will actually give out their info, not realizing that' you have psycho jesus after you.
     
  11. Addendum Registered

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    Or he read her gamertag.

    And with the 360, you can also place

    <-similar info like city, state, and that stuff, if you choose
     
  12. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    Those Wii friend codes don't seem so bad now do they?
     
  13. oakzap425 Registered

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    The Wii is awesome.
     
  14. Obi-Ron Deal with it

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    Wow, what a hypocritical *****e.
     
  15. tzarinna Mamochka

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    Thanks for the MySpace. :up: I'm going up to NY next weekend, I'll be texting all the way. :mad:
    Lmao, his mood is depressed. :up:
     
  16. Addendum Registered

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    Just make sure you don't wear anything "risque". You'll just be asking to be raped :dry:
     
  17. xisaacx trademarks us miserable

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    well number one how did the dude have her number from the first time
    second some friends she must have
    and third giving out your full name is dumb

    but w/e
     
  18. Addendum Registered

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    I think he got the number initially from searching her name on the internet, after he got the name either because she told him, or he read her gamertag info
     

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