Woman arrested for posting fake Craigslist sex ads


by JESSICA HOLLOWAY / KVUE News and photojournalist ERIN COKER


Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 30 at 6:30 PM

AUSTIN -- An Austin woman was charged with five counts of online impersonation after, investigators say, she created several fake online profiles sharing photos and contact information belonging to her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend.

Investigators said Chelsey Daniels created a Craigslist ad saying, "Looking for a connection tonight." Travis County Detective Darrell Gibson says the victim's photo was attached along with her phone number and email address.

"There's a certain degree of anonymity on the Internet and you think what you do in private stays in private and that's not the case," Detective Gibson said.

Detective William Pursley with the Austin Police Department is working to strengthen laws related to online impersonation.

"The venue statute for computer crimes is very limited. It was originally drafted in 1989," said Pursley.

He wants to fix what he calls a loophole in the law, to allow officers to cross city and state lines to arrest people for online impersonation.

Since these cases have been on the rise, he's pushing for Senate Bill 222 to close the loophole. It passed through the House and the Senate and is expected to be signed into law this session.


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