South Carolina Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Interstate Stalking
PORTLAND, Maine: A South Carolina man was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Portland for interstate stalking, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.
U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal sentenced Dustin Beach, 27, to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release. Beach pleaded guilty in June 2021.
According to court records, during the days leading up to July 25, 2019, Beach drove a female victim from South Carolina to Maine. During the drive to Maine, Beach threatened the victim and physically assaulted her with his hands and other objects, including a hammer and a metal chain. These assaults resulted in bodily injury to the victim and caused her substantial emotional distress.
In pronouncing sentence, Judge Singal described Beach’s conduct as “sadistic” and found him to be “a danger to society.”
“I want to commend the strong and collaborative law enforcement response to this vicious crime,” said U.S. Attorney McElwee. “I hope the example of this prosecution and the significant sentence imposed by the Court sends a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated in the District of Maine.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lewiston Police Department investigated the case.
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