United States Attorney Josh Minkler announced federal charges Thursday against a Mississippi man for his alleged role in a four-year-long interstate stalking case involving young women from the Evansville area.
Orlando L. Webber, 43, has been charged with five counts of interstate stalking.
“Stalking is no longer a face-to-face crime,” said Minkler. “Social media has made us all vulnerable to criminals who can stalk from anywhere in the world. Those who believe they can remain anonymous should plan on federal law enforcement knocking on their door.”
For over four years, Webber is accused of using the moniker “Lando” to stalk as many as 30 high school-aged young women, using various social media outlets.
Most victims said they received vulgar and sexually explicit messages from Webber when they were as young as 15 to 16-years-old.
Each time a victim would receive the messages, they would block him only to have Webber use a different account name to resume the stalking.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Evansville Police Department.
Authorities said the man’s messages to the girls included nude photographs of an adult male asking for sexual favors.
FBI agents used facial recognition technology to identify Webber, authorities said.
(This story was originally published June 28, 2018)