In April, an Erie News Now journalist and producer informed the police that she was becoming the victim of a stalker. It began with texts and emails and then progressed to telephone conversations and call recordings.
A short letter was tucked beneath her basement door. Bouquets were delivered to her workplace. But, according to Pennsylvania State Police, this was all a hoax, and multimedia journalist Haley Potter, 24, of Harborcreek Township, is now facing criminal offense and other felony prosecution as a consequence.
How Haley landed herself with felony charges-
Potter was indicted by a grand jury Monday in front of Magisterial District Judge Lisa Ferrick on two different criminal charges of falsification and fugitive misuse of a communication system, as well as malfeasance accusations of access device fraud, larceny by unlawful taking, possession of the stolen property, identity theft, false swearing to mislead a public servant, uncorroborated misrepresentation to officials, fraudulent claims to police departments indicating some other individual, and false statements to police departments rep On July 28, a trial date has been scheduled.
How did the Erie reporter plan her affidavit?
Potter lodged a petition to the County Police on April 3, per a police statement and an affidavit of reasonable suspicion, declaring the stalking started in late February.
As per the affidavit, “the messages became sexual in nature, and of a harassing/stalking nature when the person knew about the defendant’s actions and whereabouts at all times of (the) day and night.”
Potter mentioned in late March that when she returned to her residence a week away, she received a letter under her entrance gate that said, “Welcome Home, Haley.” The affidavit also claimed that she purportedly told investigators that the person to blame for the texts might have got access to her residential area.
Security forces detained Potter on Friday, July 8. During the questioning, Potter “admitted to fabricating the stalker and being the person responsible for all of the messages/phone calls and fraudulent activity,” as per the sworn statement.
Charbel Latouf, Potter’s lawyer, had sent the following message: “We have no comment at this time other than we intend to defend against the allegations.”