Man arrested, accused of cyberstalking


Published: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.

A Gainesville man was arrested on a cyberstalking charge on allegations he sent his former girlfriend more than 200 messages through various means, according to an arrest report.

Charged was Raymond Robert Penn, 35, of 1226 NW 55th Terrace, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The arrest report states that Penn and the woman dated from January to September, when she broke it off. She sent Penn a text message clearly indicating she was ending the relationship and did not want any further contact.

During the following 10 hours he sent her 37 texts, ASO reported. Since then he sent her five letters that he left on her car or at her workplace, sent 189 texts to her cellphone, left her 96 emails, sent her 60 messages through her Facebook and left 87 messages on her cellphone voicemail, officials said.

In various messages, Penn said he was “severely traumatized” by the breakup and that he had to see a therapist to get stabilized.

Under questioning by authorities, Penn admitted to receiving the text from the woman and to sending her the messages. The report states he told authorities he didn’t understand why the woman ended the relationship and needed closure.

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