I've been dealing with someone messaging me unsolicited pictures of other people that they have downloaded themselves as well as showing me images of dead humans (i.e. people who are dismembered, extremely bloody images). I'd like to know if this falls under anything such as sexual harassment.
why are you opening these emails? You need to block the sender(s). Even if it is harassment, if you are an adult over 18, there is little likelihood of the police taking action or finding the perpetrator. In addition, even if you sue for harassment, who are you going to sue? It will cost a minimum of $5-10K just to find out who the sender is, if even you can. I am sorry to be so blunt as this is very disturbing behavior, but you need to know from the start, that this is a very uphill and frustrating battle.
It falls under "how do I block texts or emails"
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It could fall under Harassment, a summary offense in PA. If there is text along with the images of dismemberment that makes you think they are trying to "send a message" to you, then it could rise to the level of a Terroristic Threat. Assuming your phone records the phone number of the sending messenger, it would be relatively easy to find out who it is. You can search the phone number online and probably find out for a couple bucks. That wouldn't be good enough for court, but may be enough to get police involved, and having the police knock on this persons door and confront them, even if they deny, might be enough to shake them up and get them to stop, since they know they are suspect. Now that assumes the pictures do NOT depict nudity. If the pictures depict nudity or sexual acts AND the persons depicted look like they could be under 18 years of age, you are looking at Child Pornography charges. And yes, YOU can be charged for possessing and viewing them on the phone even though you didn't solicit them. If that is the case you need to contact a criminal defense LAWYER (you don't want to walk into a serious charge like that by going to police by yourself) and have the lawyer look at the evidence and advise you further. You may be advised to go to law enforcement, and then again you may not.
Any repetitive contact which is unsolicited and unwanted, can be legally construed as harassment. As advised, block the number. If this persists, you can contact your carrier on how to record and preserve these calls, in order to have evidence. You can then call the police to see if they will file harassment charges for you. If they will not, you can file a private criminal complaint at your local District Justice Office.
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