David Ackell, 48, of Seekonk, MA, Was Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison Last Year For Cyberstalking
Last year, David Ackell, 48 of Seekonk, MA was sentenced to 33 months in prison for cyberstalking a 16-year-old girl from Hancock through social media. He met her online, requested information and coerced her into sending explicit photographs of herself.
When she broke off with him, Ackell threatened to make her photos public. This caused the victim to experience intense depression and attempted suicide.
Early Life and Education
David Ackel was born in Pasadena, California and attended the University of Southern California. While studying film studies, he also created ballet compositions.
He wrote musical comedy and theatre plays as well as television scripts. Additionally, he focused on commercial songwriting and gave lectures about it.
Acklel was a devout Christian with a passion for helping others. Despite his illness, he battled back through chemotherapy and prayer.
In December 2016, Ackell was found guilty of stalking a 16-year-old from New Hampshire during a four-day trial. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison.
In December 2016, Ackell was found guilty by a federal jury of stalking and sentenced to 33 months in prison.
According to Target 12, Ackell met the victim online in 2012. He promised her not to save any explicit images she sent him.
He then coerced the victim to send him nude photographs. When she turned 18, Ackell announced their relationship was over.
Ackell threatened to show her pictures to friends, family and followers on Instagram if she did not comply. Additionally, he warned her that he would rape her if she ended their relationship.
She became so distressed by the situation that she ultimately left Ackell. According to investigators, she experienced depression and attempted suicide several times; furthermore, Ackell seemed like a’master’ over her; thus she felt powerless to stop him.
Achievement and Honors
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David Ackell was found guilty in December 2016 of stalking a New Hampshire girl. Authorities allege he used facilities within interstate commerce to coerce her into sending him explicit photographs of herself, according to authorities.
Prosecutors said he also threatened to send photos of her to friends and family if she did not comply. He identified himself as a 21-year-old pilot, declaring her his slave. If they ended their relationship, prosecutors said, she would be raped.
Last year, Ackell was found guilty of violating the federal stalking statute, which bans cyberstalking. He was sentenced to 33 months in prison but will not begin serving it until an appeals court rules on the case.
In December 2016, a jury found Ackell guilty of stalking. He had been arrested for threatening to send explicit photos of a 16-year-old New Hampshire girl to her friends list on Instagram, according to federal prosecutors. The girl told investigators she and Ackell had been in an online relationship for one year and that Ackell had threatened her with partially nude pictures as well as images for family and friends and even her 14-year-old boyfriend at the time. Ackell was sentenced to 33 months in prison for his crimes.
Ackell has now asked the United States Supreme Court to review his conviction and whether stalking violates the First Amendment. Additionally, he contends that he was improperly released from prison because he used LinkedIn to look up the woman who had been ordered away from him, in violation of a condition of his release.