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Wed February 11, 2009
Cyberstalking Bill Passes House Committee Awaits Full Vote
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – In October 2006, Mark Neblett's 17-year old daughter Rachael took her own life. Neblett, of Mt. Washington, says it happened shortly after Rachael began receiving threatening emails on the Internet. "They threatened to kill her. Threatened to put her in the morgue. Just terrified her. We don't know why she kept going back, looking at em."
No one was ever arrested for the threats, but legislation moving in the Kentucky General Assembly makes cyberstalking a crime. The bill, which is also designed to protect children from sexual predators on the Internet, has committee approval and is awaiting a House floor vote. Similar legislation won unanimous approval in the House last year, but died in the Senate.