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Iowa Cyberstalking Laws

Iowa Cyberstalking Laws

708.7 Harassment.

    1. A person commits harassment when, with intent to intimidate, annoy, or alarm another person, the person does any of the following:
      1. Communicates with another by telephone, telegraph, writing, or via electronic communication without legitimate purpose and in a manner likely to cause the other person annoyance or harm.
      2. Places a simulated explosive or simulated incendiary device in or near a building, vehicle, airplane, railroad engine or railroad car, or boat occupied by another person.
      3. Orders merchandise or services in the name of another, or to be delivered to another, without the other person’s knowledge or consent.
      4. Reports or causes to be reported false information to a law enforcement authority implicating another in some criminal activity, knowing that the information is false, or reports the alleged occurrence of a criminal act, knowing the act did not occur.
    2. A person commits harassment when the person, purposefully and without legitimate purpose, has personal contact with another person, with the intent to threaten, intimidate, or alarm that other person. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, “personal contact” means an encounter in which two or more people are in visual or physical proximity to each other. “Personal contact” does not require a physical touching or oral communication, although it may include these types of contacts.

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New York Cyberstalking Laws

New York Cyberstalking Laws

§240.30 Aggravated harassment in the second degree.
A person is guilty of aggravated harassment in the second degree when, with intent to harass, annoy, threaten or alarm another person, he or she:
1. Either
(a) communicates with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, by telegraph, or by mail, or by transmitting or delivering any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm; or
(b) causes a communication to be initiated by mechanical or electronic means or otherwise with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, by telegraph, or by mail, or by transmitting or delivering any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm; or
2. Makes a telephone call, whether or not a conversation ensues, with no purpose of legitimate communication; or
3. Strikes, shoves, kicks, or otherwise subjects another person to physical contact, or attempts or threatens to do the same because of a belief or perception regarding such person’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct; or
4. Commits the crime of harassment in the first degree and has previously been convicted of the crime of harassment in the first degree as defined by section 240.25 of this article within the preceding ten years.
5. For the purposes of subdivision one of this section, “form of written communication” shall include, but not be limited to, a recording as defined in subdivision six of section 275.00 of this part.
Aggravated harassment in the second degree is a class A misdemeanor.

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Posted by admin - August 31, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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Maine Cyberstalking Laws

Maine Cyberstalking Laws

LD749
Status: Signed by the governor, effective September 17, 2001
Effective June 7, 2001, Sec. 1. 17-A MRSA §210-A, sub-§2, ¶A, as enacted by PL 1995, c. 668, §3, is amended to read:

A. “Course of conduct” means repeatedly maintaining a visual or physical proximity to a person or repeatedly conveying oral or written threats, threats implied by conduct or a combination of threats and conduct directed at or toward a person. “Course of conduct” also means, with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person, communicating or causing a communication to be initiated by mechanical or electronic means or otherwise with that person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail or any other form of written communication via computer, use of computer networking, electronic mail, and utilizing the internet. For purposes of this section, “course of conduct” also includes, but is not limited to, gaining unauthorized access to personal, medical, financial or other identifying information, including access by computer network, mail, telephone or written communication. “Course of conduct” does not include activity protected by the Constitution of Maine, the United States Constitution or by state or federal statute.

SUMMARY
This bill amends the crime of stalking to include communicating by electronic means with a person with the intent to harass, annoy or alarm that person.

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Indiana Cyberstalking Laws

Indiana Cyberstalking Laws

IC 35-45-2-2
Sec. 2. (a) A person who, with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person but with no intent of legitimate communication:

  1. makes a telephone call, whether or not a conversation ensues;
  2. communicates with a person by telegraph, mail, or other form of written communication;
  3. transmits an obscene message, or indecent or profane words, on a Citizens Radio Service channel; or
  4. uses a computer network (as defined in IC 35-43-2-3(a)) or other form of electronic communication to:
    1. communicate with a person; or
    2. transmit an obscene message or indecent or profane words to a person

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Posted by admin - August 30, 2010 at 11:00 pm

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Connecticut Cyberstalking Laws

Connecticut Cyberstalking Laws

Sec. 53a-182b. Harassment in the first degree: Class D felony.

    (a) A person is guilty of harassment in the first degree when, with the intent to harass, annoy, alarm or terrorize
    another person, he threatens to kill or physically injure that person or any other person, and communicates
    such threat by telephone, or by telegraph, mail, computer network, as defined in section 53a-250, or any other
    form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm and has been convicted of a
    capital felony, a class A felony, a class B felony, except a conviction under section 53a-86 or 53a-122, a class
    C felony, except a conviction under section 53a-87, 53a-152 or 53a-153, or a class D felony under sections
    53a-60 to 53a-60c, inclusive, 53a-72a, 53a-72b, 53a-95, 53a-103, 53a-103a, 53a-114, 53a-136 or 53a-216.
    For the purposes of this section, “convicted” means having a judgment of conviction entered by a court of competent jurisdiction.(b) For purposes of this section, such offense may be deemed to have been committed either at the place
    where the telephone call was made or where it was received.

    (c) The court may order any person convicted under this section to be examined by one or more psychiatrists.

    (d) Harassment in the first degree is a class D felony.

Sec. 53a-183. Harassment in the second degree: Class C misdemeanor.

    • (1) By telephone, he addresses another in or uses indecent or obscene language; or
      (2) with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person, he communicates with a person by telegraph or
      mail, by electronically transmitting a facsimile through connection with a telephone network, by
      computer network, as defined in section 53a-250, or by any other form of written communication, in a
      manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm; or
      (3) with intent to harass, annoy or alarm another person, he makes a telephone call, whether or not a
      conversation ensues, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm.
  • (a) A person is guilty of harassment in the second degree when:
    (b) For purposes of this section such offense may be deemed to have been committed either at the place where the
    telephone call was made, or at the place where it was received.

    (c) The court may order any person convicted under this section to be examined by one or more psychiatrists.

    (d) Harassment in the second degree is a class C misdemeanor.

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