Facebook stalker sentenced to two months

Facebook stalker sentenced to two months
Facebook icon reflected in eye. File photo: APA
A 15-year-old girl who stalked a boy the same age via Facebook has been sentenced to two months in prison and psychotherapy treatment.

The girl had contacted the boy, who she had never met before, on the social networking site and when he ignored her he claims she began to harass him.

"She called me continuously since mid-December," the teenager told the judge at Vienna’s criminal court. He had made the mistake of listing his phone number on his Facebook profile.

When he blocked her number, the girl changed her mobile phone and continued to call him. He said that he would get between ten and 15 text messages a day from her. 

Initially the boy received a message on Facebook from an unfamiliar girl, telling him she thought he was “sweet” and did he want to meet up. "She said she wanted a relationship with me," the teenager said. When he didn’t answer her message, she added his Facebook profile to gay online forums and suggested that he was willing to engage in sexual contact. He then got around 50 inquiries from interested men.

Initially the girl did not appear in court, and presented a medical certificate to excuse her absence, but she was forced to attend a second hearing.


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