United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that, on Tuesday, August 26, 2012, a jury returned guilty verdicts on all counts in an indictment charging Brian Curtis Hile, a resident of Michigan, with Interstate Stalking, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2261A(1).
According to evidence presented at trial and the investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Computer and Technology Crime Hi-Tech Response Team, Hile travelled to San Diego from Michigan in August 2011, with the intent to kill a female victim and her boyfriend. Prior to travelling from Michigan to San Diego, Hile engaged in an online relationship, which spanned a couple of years. During the course of that online relationship, Hile exchanged romantic communications and explicit photographs with someone he believed to be a woman. However, when Hile learned that his online paramour was in fact a man residing in South Africa, and that his romance was nothing more than a “Cat fishing” scheme, Hile became enraged and initiated what he termed “an investigation” to find the woman in the photographs used in the scheme.
Trial evidence revealed that as part of his investigation, Hile conducted an extensive search of the Internet, utilizing chat rooms and online gaming blogs to identify and locate the woman in the photographs, a resident of San Diego County, who years earlier had her online “Photo Bucket” account comprised resulting in her photographs being disseminated over the Internet.
Read More of Article Below: