Social media has made many people famous. While being well-known may be the dream for most people, it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be. Many celebrities end up having to deal with deranged fans. Some of these fans go as far as to stalk them, causing immense emotional distress.
A Maryland man has been accused of cyberstalking after he harassed a teenage TikTok star. The 33-year-old man faces multiple charges for stalking the 18-year-old, who goes by the name PeachyFizz. The young woman has more than 1.4 million followers who watch her cosplay as Korean pop stars.
The stalking began in April 2020, when the man, acting as an enamored fan, sent the TikTok star a pair of shoes she had on her Amazon wish list. Things went downhill from there. The man sent hundreds of messages varying from affectionate to threatening to pornographic. He spent a year sending numerous pornographic comments and threats of violence to PeachyFizz’s social media channels.
In June 2021, the man was arrested on state charges. However, he was promptly released on June 30 and he ignored the conditions given to him, which included being forbidden from contacting PeachyFizz. In fact, he started stalking the social media star again the next day.
The man was infatuated with PeachyFizz, with the cosplayer telling investigators that the man was led to believe that the two were in an exclusive relationship. In reality, the two had never been romantically involved. The man also made bizarre claims, such as claiming to know the social media star’s thoughts and claiming that she had “relied on demons.”
Things took a weird turn on May 17, when the man messaged PeachyFizz on Instagram, calling her a “gross bitch” and accusing her of having sex with various men. A few days later, he sent her a photo of a dismembered woman’s body, stating “can’t wait for this to be you.” That was when the TikTok star contacted the police.
In late June, the man began stalking PeachyFizz in person. He drove from Maryland to North Carolina. The social media star’s family called the police. He was taken into police custody and subsequently released. The next day, he violated a no-contact order and began contacting the star’s friends. The man currently faces multiple criminal charges including cyberstalking, interstate stalking, and interstate threats.
Internet use has exploded in recent years, making it easy to harass and stalk people. People tend to think of these crimes as minor, but they can cause a lot of emotional damage. Plus, they can be charged at the federal level, resulting in harsh penalties.
Those facing cyberstalking charges need to act quickly, since these charges can attract the FBI. Seek legal help from the Columbia internet crime lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. We will work hard to defend you. Call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation. We have two offices to serve you.
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