James Baugh, eBay’s former Senior Director of Safety and Security pled guilty on Monday to his role in a cyberstalking campaign that targeted the editor and publisher of a newsletter that eBay executives considered to be critical of the firm.
Baugh and David Harville, eBay’s former Director of Global Resiliency, were arrested and charged in June 2020.
In a federal investigation, Baugh pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to stalk through interstate travel and through facilities of interstate commerce, two counts of stalking through interstate travel, two counts of stalking through facilities of interstate commerce, two counts of witness tampering, and two counts of destruction, alteration, and falsification of records.
Baugh and his accomplices were accused of launching a three-part harassment campaign aimed at intimidating the victims and changing the nature of the newsletter’s reporting, which included anonymous and upsetting deliveries to the victims’ homes, as well as private and public Twitter posts condemning the newsletter’s content.
A book on surviving the death of a spouse, a gory pig mask, a fetal pig, a funeral wreath, and live insects was among the items delivered to the victims’ home, while Craigslist ads were used to invite the public to sexual encounters at the victims’ homes.
The charges of stalking conspiracy and stalking each carry a five-year jail sentence, three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution.
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