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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Judge: No Internet for stalker

A local artist who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking has been given a sentence that includes writing “I will not interfere with the Plaza Central Art Krawl” 1,000 times.

Kevin Starr, whose real name is Herschel Crumbley, was accused of sending hundreds of damaging e-mails that purported to be from neighborhood leaders and business owners in an effort to sabotage the community's quarterly art crawl.

Starr was sentenced Sept. 25 to 18 months of probation and could face 45 days in jail if he violates any of the judge's orders.

Under the terms of his probation, Starr is not allowed to touch a computer of any kind, including an iPhone, and must submit to warrantless searches of his home for electronics.

“This man has so abused the privilege to communicate on the Internet that I thought it best to take it away from him,” District Court Judge Theo Nixon told Eye.

In addition to the writing requirement, Starr is also not allowed to enter art galleries in Plaza Midwood or have contact with any of the victims. He has to undergo a mental health assessment and serve 25 hours of community service at Metrolina AIDS Project.

“There is a lot of economic and psychological damage that resulted from his actions, so I structured the sentence in a fashion I thought was appropriate,” Nixon said.

Starr did not return calls seeking comment. [Mark Godsey]

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