The Madison Story (Cyberstalking and Sextortion)

The Washington Post narrates the story of 34-year-old marketer (and former model) Madison Conradis, who discovered her nude photos had been leaked 10 years ago after a number of photographer websites were hacked:

cyber stalking

The photos along with her name and contact information were uploaded to 4chan, a website that allows users to post anonymously about various topics. Soon after, fake Facebook profiles were sending her messages demanding that she send new, nude photos or they would further spread the photos that had already been leaked.

Some of the photos were found in her father's Instagram messages, and some of her clients also saw them. Madison was at a friend's party when she received a call from the manager of a hotel restaurant where she worked:

The photos had arrived in his inbox.

After two years, hoping that a new Florida law against cyber-harassment would end her torture, Madison walked into a local police station and reported everything. But she was told that what she was experiencing was not criminal.

What Madison didn't know was that there were other women suffering from the same man on the Internet. All of them faced similar reactions from the local authorities. So without the help of the police, they had to move on their own.

Some online research revealed that all four women shared a common Facebook follower: Christopher Buonocore. One of them was his ex-girlfriend, the other was his ex-fiancée, the other was his relative and the other was his childhood friend.

Τελικά, η αδερφή της Madison, Christine — που μόλις είχε πάρει το πτυχίο του δικηγόρου, “ετοίμασε ένα έγγραφο 59 σελίδων που χαρτογραφούσε ολόκληρη την υπόθεση με στοιχεία και άλλα σχετικά. Έστειλαν το έγγραφο σε όλες τις εμπλεκόμενες γυναίκες και η καθεμία από αυτές εμφανίστηκε στα αντίστοιχα γραφεία επιβολής του νόμου, παρέδωσε το στους ανακριτές και ζήτησε να διεξαχθεί ποινική έρευνα”.

Ο σερίφης στην κομητεία Manatee της Φλόριντα, στην περιοχή της Christine, παρέδωσε την υπόθεση στους ομοσπονδιακούς . Και τον Ιούλιο του 2019, το FBI ανέλαβε για λογαριασμό και των 4 γυναικών με βάση τα στοιχεία διακρατικής καταδίωξης στον κυβερνοχώρο που είχε συγκεντρώσει η Christine…

In late December 2020, with no federal law criminalizing the non-consensual distribution of personal images, Buonocore was charged with six counts of cyberstalking, which apply in certain circumstances – when interstate communication is made with the intent to kill, injure, intimidate, harass or track someone.

He pleaded guilty to all charges the following January…

The District Judge of Thomas Barber condemned Buonocore 15 years in federal prison — four years more than the prosecutor had requested.

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  1. Yes, fuck it! Yes!
    That's where bums go to jail!
    And when we say prison, we mean PRISON!
    There is no prison sentence that after 3' turns into suspension, i.e.: you stay free, but don't do it again for three years...

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