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Man charged with cyberstalking after calling ex-girlfriend 800 times in two days

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Apr 08, 2023 3:20 pm

Breaking up with your boyfriend is already a difficult situation to go through, but it's even worse when that boyfriend turns out to be an obsessive stalker who would harass you with over 800 calls in just two days.

That's exactly what led to 44-year-old Derik Wayne Bowers from Maryland being charged with cyberstalking.

Bowers allegedly tormented his former partner with ceaseless phone calls and messages through text and Facebook.

According to a statement published by the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia, Bowers called his ex-girlfriend who lives in Morgan County a total of 815 times during a 48-hour period. 

Prior to this, he had already been intimidating her for several months by sending "thousands of harassing text messages" as well as using social media posts to embarrass her and interfere with her livelihood.

US attorney William Ihlenfeld stressed that cyberstalking is a pervasive problem that should be taken lightly, saying, "I encourage those who are being intimidated online and who suffer substantial emotional distress as a result to file a police report so that wrongdoers may be investigated and held to account."

Should Bowers be convicted, he'll be punished with imprisonment for up to five years.