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Councilman Accused Of Conducting Harassment Campaign

Councilman Accused Of Conducting Harassment Campaign

RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A San Bernardino city councilman who allegedly posted  sex-related Internet advertisements divulging personal information about  individuals he's accused of stalking was charged today with more than two-dozen  felonies and misdemeanors.

Robert David Jenkins, 33, of San Bernardino, was the subject of an  investigation by the Riverside County District Attorney's Office following  allegations he conducted a harassment campaign targeting two county residents,  according to the D.A.'s office.

Jenkins, free on $25,000 bail, is slated to be arraigned Dec. 17 at the  Riverside Hall of Justice on 15 counts of identity theft, two counts of  stalking, one count of forgery and 12 misdemeanor counts of harassment by means  of electronic communication -- also known as ``cyber-bullying.''

The councilman did not immediately return calls for comment.

According to prosecutors, Jenkins allegedly placed several personal ads  on Craigslist.com seeking casual sexual encounters. The person advertised as  wanting the encounters was a woman that Jenkins had been pursuing, prosecutors  allege.

The defendant allegedly posted specific identifying information about  the woman, listed in court documents as Jane Doe, including her real name,  photographs and home address, according to the D.A.'s office.

Individuals responding to the Craigslist post were given the victim's  contact information, as well as contact information for a ``person with whom  the victim had a relationship,'' District Attorney's Office spokesman John Hall  said.

``The investigation revealed that the Internet protocol addresses  associated with the Craigslist ads connected back to Jenkins in various  locations, including a home of relatives and also Jenkins' place of  employment,'' Hall said.

According to the D.A.'s office, in an effort to cover his tracks,  Jenkins allegedly falsified a San Bernardino Police Department internal  memorandum, using the names of a sergeant and lieutenant, concocting a story  that the councilman, too, had been the target of harassment via the Internet.

The memo was circulated but soon identified as fraudulent, investigators  said.

Jenkins, a special education teacher, represents Ward 2, an office to  which he was elected in July 2011. 

 

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