Chief McCartney Responds In Regards to Recent Sexually Explicit Letter of Harassment Received- Response Given
I am in receipt of this email and like you, I am appalled at the language & content contained in this letter/email. However, I must ask a couple of questions:
1. By sending this to me, are you expressing your intent to file a complaint with the WPD?
2. If you do wish to make a complaint, I must ask: was this sent to you by mail or as an email? If a letter, do you still have the envelope & who touched it? If this was an email & you are insisting on making a complaint, an officer should come to your house as a forensic computer investigation/evidence must be handled in a very specific way.
3. Again, and I know that you & I have had differences of opinion on this point, there is a question as to whether the contents of statement made, no matter how reprehensible the language & content is, still raises the issue of whether it raises to the level of a crime and that will analyzed as part of the investigation.
Please let us know what you intentions are as to what you wish us to do with this letter/email and whether or not you are making a formal complaint.
As you are well aware, I have filed NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS with the WPD over the past couple of years regarding these ongoing incidents of harassment occurring online and by mail. This all began online as you are aware Chief McCartney- we had a meeting together in person about it along with Deputy Babula who was also present. Nothing has been done about any and all complaints that have been filed. I have provided more than enough information to the WPD, even my own fingerprints, in order to identify who the individual (s) may be behind this ongoing harassment.
This was mailed to our home. The individual wears gloves as previous envelopes have been swept for prints and none were found (so I was told). There have been numerous emails and letters received both by mail and email that contain reprehensible, sexually explicit language. My husband and I also had a private meeting with Chief Mclaughlin about another letter that was mailed to our home with similar content enclosed about a year or ago. Please talk to Chief McLaughlin about it.
Whoever this individual is, behaving in such a disgusting, appalling way-- makes it look bad for ALL OF YOU. It is your DUTY to investigate and find out who it is. You have IP addresses, you can trace it all with a warrant. Detectives can contact Home Advisor and get the recent online service submissions that have occurred just this week alone. More IP addresses that can be traced. No one bothers to follow up with me and I am sick and tired of the way I have been treated. Politics aside-- this behavior is disturbing, and this individual could end up hurting myself or a member of my family one day and let me assure you all, if that ever happens, the city of Warwick will face a lawsuit like it's never seen in its existence.
With all due respect Chief McCartney, this is harassment. There is no other way to describe it. I am disheartened and disappointed that as an officer of the law for so many years, that this isn't as plain as day to you.
This has gone on long enough. If it was happening to any of you or your family members, I will bet my life on the fact that you would have identified the perp by now.
I will take all future complaints to the RI AG's office and in the meantime, I will just continue to make it all public and reveal to the people how a woman like myself and my family can be harassed for over two years, and nothing gets done about it.
(2nd email response)
Oh and bye the way Chief McCartney, when a good citizen was mailing letters to the Mayor, you had no hesitation to personally visit his home to HAND DELIVER a response from the Mayor. I find it deeply disturbing that when the Mayor is on the receiving end of receiving letters to HIS home, he has no problem making sure a response is personally delivered by the Chief of Police. I'm sure if it was the Mayor receiving these types of letters to his home for years, you'd be doing more than hand delivering a response.
§ 11-52-4.2 Cyberstalking and cyber harassment prohibited.
(a) Whoever transmits any communication by computer or other electronic device to any person or causes any person to be contacted for the sole purpose of harassing that person or his or her family is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purpose of this section, "harassing" means any knowing and willful course of conduct directed at a specific person which seriously alarms, annoys, or bothers the person, and which serves no legitimate purpose. The course of conduct must be of a kind that would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress, or be in fear of bodily injury. "Course of conduct" means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, evidencing a continuity of purpose. Constitutionally protected activity is not included within the meaning of "course of conduct."
(b) A second or subsequent conviction under subsection (a) of this section shall be deemed a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than two (2) years, by a fine of not more than six thousand dollars ($6,000), or both.
History of Section.
(P.L. 2001, ch. 215, § 1; P.L. 2001, ch. 272, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 120, § 1.)
Universal Citation: RI Gen L § 19-14.9-6 § 19-14.9-6 Harassment or abuse. – A debt collector may not engage in any conduct the natural consequence of which is to harass, oppress, or abuse any person in connection with the collection of a debt. Such conduct shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) Using or threatening to use violence or other criminal means to harm the physical person, reputation, or property of any person;
(b) Using obscene or profane language or language the natural consequence of which is to abuse the hearer or reader;
(c) Advertising for sale of any debt to coerce payment of the debt;
(d) Causing a telephone to ring or engaging any person in telephone conversation repeatedly or continuously with intent to annoy, abuse, or harass any person at the called number;
(e) Except as provided in § 19-14.9-4, placing telephone calls without meaningful disclosure of the caller's identity.