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Online Investigations, Case by Case

May 27, 1999

Some recent cases in which police sought access to the online activities of suspects or victims:

_A Mishawaka, Ind., woman, posing as a man, who formed a relationship with a 15-year-old Iowa girl.

_A man charged with aggravated murder in the shooting death of Penny Chang, 15, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, who had been sent 60 pages of threatening e-mail and harassed on the phone.

_The custodian of an Alexandria, La., cathedral charged in a church arson. Police were testing his alibi that he was online when the fire started.

_A San Bernardino, Calif., sheriff’s department dispatcher who police say was in collusion with a suspect.

_A youth in Sterling, Va., who received threatening e-mails, including one saying: ``I’m going to (expletive) kill you if you don’t call me. ... You see, my friend, I like to call this a little game. A game of cat and mouse. I have been watching you for sometime now.″

_A masseur found dead with his computer missing in his Las Vegas apartment. Police believe he met clients in chat rooms.

_A Hamden, Conn., woman who received a string of threatening and obscene e-mails, one saying: ``Everyone has to die someday. unfortunately your time is near.″ Police say the sender at one point ``said he was a 12-year-old boy from California and was sorry.″

_A Eugene, Ore., man suspected of inciting a ``riot″ at a Nike store.

_A northern Virginia pediatrician, charged this week with possessing child pornography that police say they found in his e-mail over nearly six months.

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