Topeka man sentenced for cyberstalking involving teacher

November 19, 2019 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 35-year-old Topeka man was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for cyberstalking a former co-worker by using her identity to post sexual content.

U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Blake Adam Austin was sentenced Tuesday for cyberstalking and possessing and distributing child pornography.

The investigation began when a middle school teacher in Topeka reported receiving emails from males responding to a Craigslist ad in which someone used the victim’s identity to post sexual content.

The problem continued for years until an investigator identified an account Austin was using to post sexual content and the victim’s contact information.

The woman said she had worked with Austin at a coffee shop and had rejected his attempts to initiate a relationship.

Investigators also found images of Austin having sex with a 17-year-old girl and sexually explicit photos of a girl under 15.