New York man accused of cyberstalking college students

Savader sent text messages using Google Voice numbers to 15 women.

A New York man was charged Tuesday in federal court in Detroit with cyberstalking 15 women, telling them he had nude photos of them and threatening to distribute them to their friends and family unless they sent them more naked pictures of themselves.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, the defendant, Adam P. Savader, 21, sent anonymous text messages using Google Voice numbers to 15 women in Detroit; Washington, D.C.; and Long Island, N.Y. Savader sent some of the victims links to a photo-sharing website where nude pictures of the victims had been posted, the affidavit said.

The FBI learned about the case from Ann Arbor, Mich., police detectives, who had received a complaint last September from a university student stating that she had received threatening messages from a person who had illegally obtained nude photographs of her from her email account.…Read More

New texting rules from NCAA about to take effect

Text messages were outlawed by the NCAA five years ago.

Text messages will begin appearing on the cell-phone screens of men’s college basketball recruits starting June 15, after a new NCAA rule takes effect allowing college coaches to send unlimited text messages to players who have completed their sophomore year of high school.

Coaches also will be able to make unlimited calls to those recruits under the new legislation.

A move aimed at weeding out superfluous bylaws in the NCAA manual, the game-changing measure is a departure from current rules that forbid communication via text and limit coaches to one phone call per recruit in a month.…Read More

Report: Baylor exceeds limits on calls, texts

Baylor instituted a series of self-imposed penalties.

Less than a week after its women’s basketball team won the national championship, Baylor said April 9 it has been involved in a three-year investigation with the NCAA into what are believed to be hundreds of impermissible phone calls and text messages sent by coaches to young prospects.

The school did not describe any details of the investigation, including which sports were involved, but the announcement came a few hours after reported that coaches for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs had made more than 1,200 calls and text messages to prospects over a 29-month span dating to 2008. cited an NCAA report it had obtained.

The NCAA may dole out harsher punishment that what is listed in the report, which details a number of self-imposed penalties including barring women’s coach Kim Mulkey from recruiting off campus in July and fewer scholarships for both programs.…Read More

Supreme Court hears text-messaging privacy case

The U.S. Supreme Court will likely rule that government employees should have no expectation of privacy when they send text messages using their business phones.
The Supreme Court will decide whether government employees should have any expectation of privacy when they send text messages using work-issued phones.

In a case with implications for public schools and colleges, the U.S. Supreme Court appears likely to rule against public employees who claimed a local government violated their right to privacy by reading racy text messages they sent through their employers’ account.

Several justices said April 19 that the employer, the Ontario, Calif., police department, acted reasonably in monitoring the text messages in view of its written policy warning employees they have no guarantee of privacy in the use of office computer and electronics equipment.

Justice Stephen Breyer said he didn’t see “anything, quite honestly, unreasonable about that.”…Read More