LAWRENCE, Kan. — A Lawrence man charged with harassing a New Zealand blogger online also sent sexual pictures to other people, police said.
A recently released arrest affidavit says the social media accounts of 19-year-old Kalim Akeba Lloyd Dowdell had been blocked more than two dozen times, the Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/2cadtDf ) reported. He faces a single misdemeanor charge of harassment by telecommunications device in Douglas County District Court. He is free on bond and doesn’t have a listed number.
The criminal charge was filed eight months after Rachel Gronback, 31, who writes an online blog about “fashion, online shopping and body positivity,” contacted police about inappropriate pictures she had received on her Instagram account. The affidavit says Dowdell, then a student at a private Christian school in Lawrence, would create new accounts when Gronback attempted to stop the pictures by blocking him.
After Gronback wasn’t satisfied with his apology, she contacted police with about 20 pages worth of documentation, pictures and conversations.
Gronback was told she would have to be willing to appear in court before charges were filed. Gronback couldn’t afford the trip, but when Lawrence-area resident Ron Wilson heard about her dilemma, he contacted her, saying he would pay a substantial portion of her travel expenses to demonstrate that there are good people who live in the area.
Gronback said she isn’t sure if the trip will be necessary. Dowdell is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday where a date will be set for his criminal trial.
If convicted, Dowdell could face up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com