19th Jan2013

Today in History – Jan. 19 – California man charged
with new cyberstalking law

by Ken Clarke

On this day in 1999, less than a month after California passed a new law against cyberstalking, Gary Dellapenta was charged with using the internet to solicit the rape of a woman.

On Jan. 1, 1999 California became the first state to ban cyberstalking and less than three weeks it had its first arrest as Dellapenta posted ads on the internet from a woman in North Hollywood that rejected him stating she had rape fantasies. The ad provided the womans address and instructions on how to disarm her security system.

The woman was unaware of the ads and did not know why she was getting obscene messages and had at least six men show up at her door and bang on it saying they wanted to rape her.

After learning of the ads she put a note on her door saying the ad was false, but Dellapenta placed another ad stating the ad was part of her fantasy. He was caught when the woman’s father traced the ad.

Dellapenta plead guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six years in prison.

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