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Man Arrested for Cyberstalking and Obstruction of Justice

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

A Colorado man was arrested on Aug. 25 and charged with cyberstalking three individuals and obstructing justice.

According to the indictment filed in the District of Hawaii, around May 2022 to August 2022, John B. Hart, 53, of Louisville, while living in Hawaii, allegedly engaged in a cyberstalking campaign to harass and intimidate his former girlfriend, Jane Doe 1; her former partner, John Doe 1; and her then-partner, John Doe 2. Hart allegedly frequently posed as John Doe 1 while he targeted Jane Doe 1 and John Doe 2. To deflect attention away from himself and further falsely implicate John Doe 1, Hart also allegedly repeatedly targeted himself, typically while posing as John Doe 1. Hart allegedly falsely reported to Jane Doe 1, John Doe 1’s employer, local law enforcement, federal law enforcement, and the family courts that John Doe 1 was responsible for the conduct and posed a genuine and serious threat to Hart and others. Hart then allegedly deleted one of his personal e-mail accounts two days after being interviewed by federal investigators.

Hart was arrested in Colorado and charged with three counts of cyberstalking and obstruction of justice. If convicted, Hart faces five years in prison on each count of cyberstalking and 20 years for obstruction.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Clare E. Connors for the District of Hawaii, and Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division made the announcement.

The FBI is investigating the case.

Senior Trial Attorney Mona Sedky of the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara D. Ayabe and Aislinn Affinito for the District of Hawaii are prosecuting the case.  

Updated August 28, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-924