Public Safety

Solon man pleads guilty to cyberstalking teen

Sent over 170 harrassing, threatening messages

DAVENPORT — A Solon man pleaded guilty last week to cyberstalking a Solon teen, sending her over 170 unwanted text messages offering her “cash and goodies” for a sexual relationship.

Daniel Lee Stone, 48, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa to cyberstalking 16-year-old “M.R.” — how she’s identified in court documents. The unwanted harassing and threatening messages started Oct. 31 and continued through Nov. 3, 2016, according to the plea agreement. During this time, Stone was in Solon, using his cell phone to text M.R.

In the text messages, Stone identified himself to the teen as “Matt Parks,” who the girl didn’t know, the plea agreement shows. In the text messages, besides offering “cash and goodies,” Stone would make other statements such as, “I know where you live,” “Ok, but I will always be right there watching you” and “I like the glass block in the shower in this bathroom.”

The teen made repeated requests for Stone to stop texting or harassing her, making it clear she was uncomfortable with the conversation, according to the plea. The girl finally contacted the police Nov. 1 and 2, 2016, after he didn't stop sending texts and when Stone indicated he was inside the teen’s residence.

M.R. and her mother stayed at a hotel the night of Nov. 2 of that yer, because they “feared for their physical safety,” according to the plea.

The plea shows Stone admitted that he sent the messages with the intent to harass or intimidate the teen, “using language and conduct” he knew would make the teen fear for herself and family of death and serious injury. 

Stone faces up to five years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. He also will be ordered to serve three years of supervised release following any prison time. Sentencing is set Sept. 12.     

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