Police blotter: Net stalker loses appeal

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Feb 16, 2003
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Over time, Bowker's behavior became increasingly bizarre, court documents showed. He began writing letters to Knight's parents and sent her photographs of himself posing in locations in West Virginia.

When Bowker eventually was arrested, police discovered he had a copy of the reporter's Discover credit card bill, her credit report, her birth certificate, photos of her new home, car and workplace, and maps of West Virginia, the court said. He also had 20 prior criminal convictions.

A federal jury in June 2002 found Bowker guilty on four counts (cyberstalking, theft of mail, telephone harassment and interstate stalking). He was sentenced to 96 months in prison, DNA collection and three years of supervised release during which he was prohibited from using the Internet.
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