A scorned boyfriend who posed as his ex-girlfriend on Craigslist to solicit sex is going to prison for it. The dangerous act of revenge will cost 61-year-old Kenneth Edward Kuban the next five and a half years of his life behind bars.
This is a case that federal prosecutors say they won't tolerate. They say it's a prime example of the damage that the Internet can add to a crime.
Kuban, from Reva in Culpeper County, will spend five and a half years behind bars after the case of breakup revenge gone wrong.
"He described his intent, which was to make the victim's life a living hell,” said U.S. attorney Tim Heaphy.
Kuban admitted in August to posing online as his ex-girlfriend and posting 165 sex-seeking ads on Craigslist. Authorities say Kuban, who used to work for the Library of Congress, posted 111 of the ads from his government-issued computer at work.
Between January and March of this year, those listings brought about 100 men to the victim's home looking for sex.
"They were very concerned that there was going to be an eruption of violence given the victim's desire to protect herself in carrying of a pistol during this period of time,” Heaphy said.
The dangerous nature of the crime brought about a speedy turnaround in the case.
"We had a victim who was scared to death. Any time you have a citizen of our community who is so traumatized you have to move quickly,” Heaphy said.
The victim gave an emotional statement Friday, stressing the long-term damage Kuban has caused. It's a case that prosecutors say they won't stand for, and they hope it will set a precedent for other online stalking incidents.
"I hope that sentences like this and disturbing patterns like this point out the need for a critical look at the guidelines,” Heaphy said.
Federal prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 10 years behind bars, but Kuban's defense argued that he could be rehabilitated with treatment and that he did not deserve the maximum sentence.
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