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Solon man pleads guilty to cyberstalking female teen

DAVENPORT– A Solon man faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty April 30 to a federal charge of cyberstalking a 16-year-old female.
Daniel Lee Stone, 48, of Solon, appeared before Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson, Jr. in U.S. District Court, in Davenport and entered a guilty plea, according to U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
In a plea agreement, Stone admitted to texting a minor female over 170 times from on or about Oct. 31, 2016, through Nov. 3, 2016.
Court documents indicated Stone identified himself in the texts as Matt Parks, a person unknown to the teenager. Through the text messages, Stone offered “cash and other goodies” to the minor to become his sugar baby.
He also sent numerous texts indicating he was watching the female, was outside her home, and described, with accuracy, items or places within the female’s residence, including such statements as, “I know where you live,” and “OK, but I will always be right there watching you,” and “I like the glass block in the shower in this bathroom.”
The minor female made repeated requests for Stone to stop texting and harassing her, making it clear she was uncomfortable with the conversation.
After the messages failed to stop and the texter indicated he may be inside the teen’s house, the victim then contacted law enforcement, according to the plea agreement. The victim and her mother stayed at a hotel the night of Nov. 2 because they feared for their safety, the agreement noted.
Stone faces a prison term of up to five years, a maximum fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release. A mandatory $100 special assessment will also be imposed. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors will argue for no more than 24 months of jail time, while the defendant may argue for probation, but the final sentence will be the sole discretion of the sentencing judge.
Stone is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 12, before United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey.
The cyberstalking charge was investigated by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.
In 2014, Stone pleaded guilty to third degree harassment relating to a charge he sent threatening letters accusing the Iowa City Regina football coaching staff of providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. He was sentenced to seven days in jail with credit for time served.