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Man Arrested for Online Harassment of Local Pastor

6/21/2011

As reported by Pro8News, a Laredo man has been charged with online harassment of a local pastor and could face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty. Emanuel Salas Cavazos, 26 and a former staff member at the church, was finally arrested after Laredo police investigated the case for months, calling it “the most dramatic case they’ve ever had to deal with.” The pastor first reported the man’s online slander back in January, when Cavazos began to create entire Facebook pages and several different blogs saying the pastor was “distasteful and people were leaving his congregation.” Weeks later, Cavazos allegedly placed photos of the pastor’s wife and family online and, as police described it, “was trying to play mind games as if someone was out to get them.” In the end, an online search of the pastor’s name would produce multiple instances of online harassment. Cavazos has admitted to the harassment and is being held on $20,000 bond in the Webb County Jail.  

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