Wash. State Man Found Guilty of Cyber Stalking Prosecutor

A 48-year-old man in Washington state was convicted last week of cyber stalking after sending a deputy prosecutor two angry emails, The Herald reported.

James R. Swanson was found guilty of twice emailing a prosecutor after the lawyer declined Swanson’s request to file criminal charges against his now ex-wife. Jurors also determined Swanson committed the crime in retaliation against a public official performing her duties.

Prosecutors said Swanson allegedly sent two messages to the deputy prosecutor who was assigned to review an investigation involving Swanson. Swanson became angry when the deputy prosecutor declined to charge his estranged wife and her daughter with a crime.

In one of the emails, Swanson allegedly wrote, “Remember I am Volatile, Violent and a Loose Cannon! Hahahahahahahaha yea right! No I am cold and calculating.”

Swanson’s attorney argued the messages did not pose a real threat to the prosecutor. Jurors were told the deputy prosecutor did not take any extra safety precautions after receiving the email.

However, the prosecutor testified Monday she was concerned Swanson was dangerous and took the threats seriously.

Swanson’s sentencing is set for March 24. A judge ordered him held on $100,000 bail.

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