Luzerne County -- 58-year-old Morrell Devlin of Dallas Township says his on line problems started in May when he noticed on Facebook that someone stole his friend's identity. Devlin messaged the impostor. "I sent the guy a nice message saying you know what you're doing is kind of reprehensible. He's a nice man. He's not plugged in. You know, your taking... stealing basically his identity."
Devlin says that started a brief but nasty exchange of messages between him and the impostor. He later got an e-mail from the man behind the on line hoax but chose to ignore it. It only got worse when the offender began impersonating Devlin. "He friended my family. He friended my granddaughter. He sent my granddaughter porn."
Devlin says he managed to get the fake Facebook site shut down as well as a Google Plus site that the impostor created under Devlin's name. The on line harasser took matters even further by sending e-mails threatening Devlin and his family. "You know, he's going to tear me up. It got really vulgar talking about sodomizing my family."
Devlin's breaking point came when it got even more threatening. "I got a Google photograph of my home and it said how could you sleep at night safe when I know where your family is at every minute of the day. You know what, if you want to threaten me that's one thing but you threaten my family then you've got to really start taking things seriously."
Devlin notified police. They traced the e-mails to a Bucks County man who was charged Wednesday with multiple counts.
Devlin says his experience should teach us all to avoid on-line confrontation, don't delete on line threats for evidence purposes and contact police. "Because you never know. I mean I can take care of myself physically and defend myself but you can't fight crazy. And that's what this guy is. He's just crazy."
49-year-old Mario Diegidio of Bensalem is free on $5,000 bail. He faces a hearing September 5th in Luzerne County.