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Cresco Man Sentenced for Cyberstalking Minnesota Victim

A Cresco man has pleaded guilty to four federal counts of stalking a victim in Minnesota.

Court records show Michael Shawn McGuire was sentenced in federal court in Cedar Rapids on Friday to 10 years behind bars, followed by three years of supervised release. McGuire must also pay a $15,000 fine and almost $18,000 in restitution.

Investigators say McGuire used Facebook and the mail to harass and intimidate another person. He was accused of sending sexually explicit mailings with semi-nude photos of the victim to the victim’s friends, family members, and associates. Federal authorities say McGuire also used various Facebook profiles to send similar semi-nude photos to the victim’s contacts through Facebook. He also created various fake dating profiles associated with the victim.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa says the cyberstalking happened between August 25, 2018, and May 25, 2019 also included posting numerous sexually explicit yard signs at the victim’s home in Minnesota. The signs also contained the victim’s name, telephone number, address, and email address.

The Cresco Police Department, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and several other law enforcement agencies in Minnesota assisted in the investigation.

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Mark Pitz

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