California man charged with interstate stalking
MISSOULA—A California man was arraigned today on an indictment accusing him of using the Internet and cell phones to harass individuals and to threaten to damage the reputations of two persons unless they paid him money, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.
Bryan Gregg Waterfield Nash, 54, of Woodside, CA, pleaded not guilty to interstate stalking and to interstate communication with intent to extort. If convicted of the most serious crime, Nash faces a maximum five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto presided. Nash was released pending further proceedings.
An indictment is merely an accusation. Nash is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The indictment alleges that from December 2013 through June 2019 in Whitefish and in California, Nash used a computer, cell phone, email and the Internet to harass or intimidate approximately 33 persons. The indictment further alleges that Nash sent electronic messages to two individuals threatening to damage their reputations by releasing information about alleged behavior to law enforcement and to the media if the individuals refused to pay him substantial sums of money.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Racicot is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the FBI.
Pacer reference No. 19-30.
The progress of the case may be monitored through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system.
To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the district court’s calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.