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Press Release

Everett man indicted for cyberstalking and threatening former romantic partner

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Three-year campaign of online threats and harassment

Seattle – A 41-year-old Everett, Washington, man was indicted by the grand jury in connection with a three-year unrelenting campaign of online cyberstalking, threats, and harassment against a former romantic partner, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown.  Christopher Scott Crawford was arrested on a criminal complaint on June 2, 2022.  He remains detained at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac, Washington.

According to records filed in the case, Crawford has repeatedly violated court ordered restraining orders by sending threats by text, email, social media messages and phone calls.  Crawford has sent threatening communications to various people associated with the victim in this case, such as parents, coworkers, siblings, and court-mandated professionals. The harassment included posting intimate pictures of the victim on a website and circulating private information about the victim to others.

Cyberstalking and making interstate threats are each punishable by five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The matter is being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Max Shiner.

Contact

Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.

Updated June 16, 2022

Topics
Cybercrime