Elmhurst Residents Charged with Computer Tampering, Harassment Through Electronic Means
Photos of female victims were posted online without their consent, police said.
Three men have been arrested following an investigation into numerous cases of computer tampering and electronic harassment, according to an Oct. 9 press release from the Elmhurst Police Department.
Police launched an investigation based on reports of numerous email and online photo storage accounts being accessed without the owners' consent. Police said photographs of numerous female victims were posted to a website without the victims' knowledge or consent.
The following Elmhurst residents were arrested:
- Andrew J. Kubicz, 20, of 602 Babcock, was charged with five misdemeanor counts of harassment through electronic communication.
- Thomas J. Demars, 26, of 124 N. Evergreen, was charged with one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to commit computer tampering.
- Steven W. Jane, 23, of 349 Yorkfield was charged with three misdemeanor counts of harassment through electronic communications.
All three were released on bond.
Elmhurst police remind residents to keep online accounts secure by using strong account passwords, and to not post information on social websites that would assist criminals in resetting account passwords. Once photos are posted online or sent through email, it is possible criminals can obtain them, police said, and they can never completely be recovered.
Anyone with further information about this investigation or any other computer crimes should call Det. Steve Mandat at (630) 530-3063.
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