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    Captain with over 30 Years of Navy Service Arrested on Cyberstalking Charges

    Captain with over 30 Years of Navy Service Arrested on Cyberstalking Charges

    A Navy captain has been arrested and charged with cyberstalking a former girlfriend after, as prosecutors allege, an 18-month campaign in which he created a false digital identity of the woman and then posted sexual images of her to Facebook.

    Capt. Theodore E. Essenfeld, 51, who has 31 years of naval service, was arrested Friday and appeared before a judge Monday on a single charge of cyberstalking — an offense that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.

    U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman, who oversees the office that brought the charges, said in a released statement that “the indictment alleges a disturbing campaign of betrayed trust, harassment and intimidation.”

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    Gary Barthel, the lawyer who represents Essenfeld, said that the officer was still in custody Wednesday but that he was working to secure his release. “He's presumed innocent and, as soon as we get some discovery on the case, we'll have a better idea of what's what,” the lawyer added in a call with .com on Wednesday.

    The indictment says Essenfeld met the victim in the case when they started dating in 2018 while the pair lived in .

    Essenfeld was just wrapping up a tour as the commanding officer of the amphibious assault ship Pearl Harbor and moving to the staff of the…

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