Nicholls student charged for Facebook threats

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Posted on April 15, 2011 at 6:54 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 15 at 1:54 PM

Eric Heisig / Houma Courier

THIBODAUX — An 18-year-old Nicholls State University student is banned from campus after he admitting setting up a fake Facebook account and sending sexually explicit and threatening messages to professors and a student, police said.

Preston Stock, a freshman from Waggaman, was issued a misdemeanor summons on April 4 for cyberstalking after confessing to Nicholls Police officers. If convicted, Stock could spend up to one year in prison. The state Attorney General’s Office is assisting in the investigation.

Stock, who wrote for The Nicholls Worth, the campus newspaper, has also been banned from campus until an administrative review is completed, officials said. The story was first reported Wednesday in The Nicholls Worth.

According to the Nicholls State University website, a Nicholls student accused of stalking or cyberstalking can be punished by the university with disciplinary probation or expulsion, among other penalties deemed appropriate by the University Discipline Committee.

According to a report from Nicholls Police, the messages came from the Facebook account of “Jamie Jackson,” later revealed to be an account that Stock set up. Brian Heck, an associate professor of mathematics, received a friend request from Jackson in November and received a sexually suggestive message the next day, authorities said.

After receiving another message, this time more vulgar and sexually explicit, from Jackson in April, Heck reported the account to Facebook and it was deleted, the report says.

A few days later, Stock created a new account with the same name, and sent a threatening message to Heck.

“For every week and a half you do not contact me, one of your Facebook friends will die, starting with your perfect little students. Let the games begin,” the message said.

According to the report, Stock, writing as Jackson, also sent harassing messages to Katherine Conner, an assistant professor of English, in February and March, threatening to get her fired and to commit suicide after she refused to accept the friend request.

“I can keep on adding you. I found out where you live Kathy. I got connections. Us Louisiana girls are crazy,” one message said.

A student also filed a harassment complaint, saying she had received messages from the Facebook account. Stock later admitted to officers that he threatened to stab the student.

Nicholls Police initially questioned Stock after they were told he and Jackson were a couple. Stock told officers that he knew a Jamie Jackson from L.W. Higgins High School, where both attended, but they were not dating.

Stock later told investigators that he though he knew a Jamie Jackson from high school, he chose the name randomly. He said he had Stock and Conner as teachers, police said.

“Mr. Stock stated that he meant no harm, but realized what he did was wrong and would never do it again,” the police report says.

Stock has no prior criminal history, the report said. He also admitted that a friend put him up to the prank, but would not reveal the friend’s identity.

Stock could not be reached for comment Thursday evening. He was also issued a university disciplinary summons for violation of the code of student conduct. Graham Harvey, a Nicholls spokesman, would not comment on the charges against Stock.
 

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