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Northern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mountain Brook Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Former Girlfriend and Associate of Hers

BIRMINGHAM – A Mountain Brook man pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to cyberstalking, including threatening to kill, a former girlfriend and a second woman associated with the woman he had dated, announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr.

STEPHEN PARKS LEWIS, 32, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre to two counts of cyberstalking. His sentencing is scheduled May 30.

“Using Facebook, email and phone messages in a campaign to terrorize and control someone is a fiendish crime that must be punished,” Town said. “Thanks to the dedicated work of the FBI, this defendant is having to answer for the fear and emotional distress he inflicted on these women and their families.”  

According to Lewis’ plea agreement with the government, he used text messages, emails and voicemails to threaten, harass and intimidate a woman who had ended their five-year dating relationship. His harassment and threats, which included references to the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and wounded more than 500, went on for at least 10 months in 2017 and he threatened his harassment would “continue forever.”

The second woman Lewis threatened and harassed was the girlfriend of his first victim’s brother, according to Lewis’ plea agreement. He used Facebook and text messages to threaten and intimidate his second victim, including threats to stalk and kill her and her minor daughter.

Among Lewis’ often profane Facebook messages to his second victim, he demanded to know where he could find his former girlfriend. “I have your phone number. I have your address. I know where [Victim-1’s brother] lives. I know where you live,” he wrote, according to his plea agreement. “You tell me where she is. You tell me whats (sic) going on. Or I’m coming with a desert eagle .45,” he wrote. Following that message, Lewis sent a photo of a Desert Eagle pistol to Victim 2.

The maximum penalty for cyberstalking is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI investigated the case, which Assistant U.S. Attorney Mohammad Khatib is prosecuting.

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Updated January 23, 2018