My ex boyfriend was arrested for aggravated stalking. He has multiple friends from out of state. I sent he one that I have spoken to a few times a message saying "I don't know if the news has made it to PA" with a link to his public mugshot. Her boyfriend texted me back a week later that I was stalking and harassing her (I sent ONE message). I have not responded and have blocked all contact. Can I be sued by my ex for sharing the picture (I am the one he stalked) or pursued by his friend for any harassment? Again, I only sent the one message. Nothing at all since and there was absolutely nothing harassing. It was verbatim what I listed here.
Can you be sued? Yes, you can be sued for anything at any time by anyone. However, there is no cause of action for what you did. You simply shared a public record. Since it's a public record, there is no penalty for sharing it. You have taken the appropriate action by blocking all contact with these people. I suggest you continue that indefinitely.
Sharing a link to a public website is not illegal and is not the basis for stalking. As. Mr. Karmelin, pointed out, you can be sued for anything, but there must be a legal cause of action to support a complaint. Please let us know if these posts where helpful by hitting the helpful button.
No, you cannot be sued for sharing public information in my opinion. Stalking is basically comprised of a number of acts which show a continuity of purpose, serve no legitimate purpose, and produce substantial emotional distress. That cannot be done from sharing a public criminal record in my book.
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This is America and anyone can sue anyone for just about anything.
That said it costs time money and energy to do so, and there has to be a legitimate cause of action, damages and a collectible Defendant.
Given your proffer I would a) continue doing what you're doing (avoid all contact) and b) not lose 1 second of sleep over her almost certainly nonsense threat.
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I think what's key here is that you sent it in an email to one specific person as a means of warning, right? I don't think there's a viable cause of action for a civil suit here. If you posted it publicly, and / or if it was a wrongful arrest, could be a basis for defamation and / or slander/libel. However, sounds like here there was no ill intent. I agree with others that you can be sued for anything, but suing is expensive, and if there is no good cause of action, the suit wouldn't survive the initial motion to dismiss stage. Hope this helps.
You can be sued, I don't know what for, but there is a possibility. More than likely, you won't be sued because no lawyer in their right mind would file a suit against you for something that is neither illegal, nor actionable. Anyone can look up your exes name on Google and find the mug shot.
If this guy is stalking you, why would you poke the bear by sending the mug shot? Keep in mind that an injunction or a "no contact" order is a piece of paper and will not stop a crazy guy from seeking retribution. Stop contacting his friends and move on. Good luck.
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