Twice-jailed stalker arrested for tagging Facebook photo of beauty queen with insult

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Anthony MantovaA stalker who's already been jailed - twice - for harassing a former Welsh beauty queen was again arrested on Wednesday, this time for tagging her as "slut" in a Facebook photo.

According to the Mail Online, Anthony Mantova, 35, of Meliden, Prestatyn, Wales, was sentenced the first time in July 2012 to 18 weeks in prison after pleading guilty to harassing the 21-year-old singer, Chloe Hopkins.

At the time, he was given an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting her or creating any communication about the young woman.

The Daily Mail's timeline of his stalker creepiness is a bit hard to figure out, but at some time Mantova "fell out" with Ms. Hopkins, the newspaper reports.

He reportedly flooded her with text messages, made lewd Facebook comments, and "followed her."

The paper doesn't say whether that means physically or cyber-ly, but, given that he has the woman's name and three of her friends' names tattooed on his chest, and that he appears in public wearing a t-shirt he had printed up to feature a picture of Ms. Hopkins, one assumes that it means both.

In the first case against Mantova, the court heard that while the beauty queen was Miss Prestatyn 2010, Mantova suggested that her tiara and sash "would look good on his bedroom floor".

In November - 2012, I assume - he admitted to breaching the first restraining order and was jailed for another 28 days.

Four months ago, he did it again.

Prosecutor Richard Edwards told the court that in March, Ms. Hopkins's boyfriend received a Facebook request from Mantova asking to tag a photograph. He "accidentally" allowed the tagging, according to the Daily Mail.

Mantova then plastered the word "slut" onto Ms. Hopkins's forehead.

Mantova once again admitted to having broken the restraining order with this most recent go-round.

His lawyer, Frances Hertzog, pointed out that when Mantova was last imprisoned, he left jail in a wheelchair.

In fact, he has multiple sclerosis, and his attorney said his health might be at risk from further imprisonment.

She said:

His grave concern is incarceration is going to have a detrimental impact on his health.

Judge Peter Heywood replied that a victim impact statement shows that Mantova's harassment has had significant impact on Ms. Hopkins:

It has affected her health significantly. She’s had to undergo counselling and lost time at work.

Your actions have had a devastating effect on her.

It's so easy to tag somebody on Facebook.

It's so easy to agree to letting others tag your photos, as well.

Naked Security has already given you these 5 tips on staying safe on Facebook, but it's a topic that one fears might push toward being encyclopedic, so we gave out 5 more tips here.

The very first of those safety tips - showing your profile only to Friends seems like it might - should? - help to keep stalkers at bay.

At least, I hope it would.

But how can we protect ourselves on Facebook - or in any realm of our lives - against harassment like this?

Prison obviously isn't working to help this man with his obsession, and it's certainly not keeping Ms. Hopkins from ongoing harassment and all the stress it brings.

Let's hope that this time around, if Mantova again faces a prison sentence, he gets the help he obviously needs.

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3 Responses to Twice-jailed stalker arrested for tagging Facebook photo of beauty queen with insult

  1. Larry Marks · 727 days ago

    It's getting harder and harder to just say "No."

    I decided several years ago to eschew Facebook after seeing what a huge time sink it had become for acquaintances. I'm still saying No. When people ask, I tell them they can find me on LinkedIn, where I have a professional profile.

    Unfortunately, I'm missing out on more and more these days. Event announcements, discounts, contests, family news and pictures, and more are now available only through Facebook.

    I'm resolute, but I realize it's costing me....

  2. John Morgus · 727 days ago

    Ms. Hertzog should remind her client that, if incarceration might endanger his health, he should STOP HARRASING PEOPLE so that he doesn't risk prison.

    Mr. Mantova seems to think that a "But I could get really sick if I go to prison..." is a get out of jail free excuse. It isn't (or it shouldn't be).

    Don't want to go to prison? Stop the cr@p you're doing that sends you there.

    On my FB account, I have no pictures, and still I only share with friends.

  3. roy jones jr · 727 days ago

    Same with me but for Twitter and Instagram, etc.. Folks have asked me to make an account and others have told me what it entails. But I already have avenues for anyone to communicate with me. They aren't the "newest" thing but I know they will be around long after Twiiter is gone.

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I've been writing about technology, careers, science and health since 1995. I rose to the lofty heights of Executive Editor for eWEEK, popped out with the 2008 crash, joined the freelancer economy, and am still writing for my beloved peeps at places like Sophos's Naked Security, CIO Mag, ComputerWorld, PC Mag, IT Expert Voice, Software Quality Connection, Time, and the US and British editions of HP's Input/Output. I respond to cash and spicy sites, so don't be shy.