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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Solon Man Sentenced to Federal Prison on Cyberstalking Charge

DAVENPORT, IA-- On January 9, 2019, Daniel Lee Stone, age 49, from Solon, Iowa, was sentenced by District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to cyberstalking, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Stone was ordered to serve one year of supervised release following his prison term, and pay a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Between October 31, 2016 and November 2, 2016, Stone, under a false name, utilized his cellular telephone to text over 170 messages to a minor female. These texts included statements that offered “cash and other goodies,” and statements such as, “I know where you live,” “Can I knock on your door,” and “Ok, but I will always be right there watching you.” The victim made repeated requests to Stone to stop texting and harassing her, making it clear she was uncomfortable with the text messages. Ultimately, the minor victim contacted police on November 1 and November 2, 2016, after the text messages failed to stop and Stone indicated he may be outside her residence. Stone admitted he sent these text messages with the intent to harass or intimidate the victim, using language and conduct he knew would place the minor and members of the minor’s immediate family in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury, and reasonably expected to cause substantial emotional distress to the victim and her immediate family.

This case was investigated by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Cyber Crime
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Contact: 
Rachel Scherle 515-473-9300 Rachel.Scherle@usdoj.gov
Updated January 31, 2019