Cyberstalking in NC: It’s Not Just for Stalkers
Threaten to physically hurt someone on Facebook? Keep sending messages to your old partner to annoy them when they won’t respond? Did you say that someone had an affair over Facebook when it wasn’t true? These acts could constitute cyberstalking, a class 2 misdemeanor in NC.
North Carolina General Statute 14-196.3 makes it a crime to do any of the following, among other things:
Use in electronic mail or electronic communication any words or language threatening to inflict bodily harm to any person or to that person's child, sibling, spouse, or dependent, or physical injury to the property of any person, or for the purpose of extorting money or other things of value from any person.
Electronically mail or electronically communicate to another repeatedly, whether or not conversation ensues, for the purpose of abusing, annoying, threatening, terrifying, harassing, or embarrassing any person.
Electronically mail or electronically communicate to another and to knowingly make any false statement concerning death, injury, illness, disfigurement, indecent conduct, or criminal conduct of the person electronically mailed or of any member of the person's family or household with the intent to abuse, annoy, threaten, terrify, harass, or embarrass.