Facebook stalking of sorority pledges rattles students


“It’s really a huge sense of relief” knowing there has been an arrest, said 18-year-old Florida State student Ashley Atchison, who temporarily left school because she was so traumatized.

Hill, who moved to Florida from Cincinnati within the past two years, was being held without bond in the Monroe County Jail after he refused to waive extradition during a court appearance Friday in Key West.

The alleged Facebook stalker is charged with two counts of extortion, two counts of video voyeurism, and 12 counts of attempted video voyeurism.

Extortion is the most serious charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. The video voyeurism charge can carry up to five years in prison.

Hill’s lawyer, Richard Fowler, said he was representing Hill locally on a drunken driving charge and in extradition proceedings. He had no comment on the charges.

Campus police in Louisiana and Florida say victims in both states were contacted through Facebook by someone claiming to be an alumna of the sorority they were pledging.

The Facebook stalker used fake names that included “Marissa” and “Lexie,” asked intimate questions, and demanded that victims disrobe on camera or send nude photographs.

If they didn’t comply, the stalker would threaten their standing with their sorority, said LSU police Sgt. Blake Tabor.

Atchison said in a telephone interview from her home in Jacksonville that she refused the demands for images by claiming she didn’t have a camera. Then “Lexie” began playing mind games and suggested a couple girls who were outside her dorm would “handle” her.

“I started going to the counseling center because I was having wacky dreams, and I was put on medicine because I wasn’t sleeping,” Atchison said. “It’s just kind of creepy when somebody knows where your dorm is, what your class schedule is.”

Hill was resourceful in finding personal information about the victims on Facebook, Tabor said.