A 17 year old Central Florida girl was arrested on an allegation of felony cyberstalking. Marion County Sheriff’s detectives state that Shannon Marie Mitchell (17), of Ocala obtained photographs of a 15 year old girl from a social media Web site and posting them on a porn site. Along with the teen’s photos, Mitchell also posted the 15 year old victim’s name, age, phone number and explicit comments on the pornography site. The 17-year-old girl was arrested and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Marion County.
Detectives say the 15-year-old girl then received multiple sexually explicit text messages and phone calls from unknown men who requested sexual favors and nude pictures.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, during an interview with detectives, Mitchell said, “I did it,” and added that the victim would not stop harassing her. Detectives said Mitchell did not think it was that big of a deal when she admitted to posting the pictures until she ended up in a juvenile corrections facility.
Investigators said Mitchell had a grudge against the girl, who was her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, so she went online and set out to ruin the other teen’s reputation.
“We get more and more reports of teens harassing each other over the Internet or with cell phones. We take this crime very seriously,” said Lt. Chris Vorisek, supervisor in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit. “People, especially teenagers, really need to know, if their actions rise to the level of a criminal offense, they will likely be arrested.”
Mitchell he has since been released from the Marion County Juvenile Assessment Center to her parents.
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