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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 9/8/2011 

 inesville Man Arrested For Cyberstalking 


Polk County Sheriff's detectives, with cooperation from the Gainesville Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), arrested a Gainesville man for cyberstalking after investigation revealed he hacked into a Polk County woman's email and Facebook accounts. 

According to the affidavit, during March 2011, Michael Deidrick, DOB 12/29/1976, of 1226 NE 19th Place in Gainesville, communicated with the victim via Facebook and expressed an interest in pursuing a romantic relationship with her. She declined.Upset because she rejected him, he hacked into 5 different accounts she had - her Facebook account, her Gmail account, her AOL account, and two other professional email accounts, denying her access to them, and intercepting and deleting her incoming, outgoing, and sent messages. He also posted a semi-nude photo of the victim as her "profile picture" on her Facebook page, and changed her Facebook password so she could not log in. 

PCSO detectives obtained an arrest warrant and traveled to Gainesville on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, and with the assistance of FDLE, conducted a search warrant on Deidrick's home. With the assistance of the Gainesville Police Department, they placed Deidrick under arrest at his place of employment (the Alachua County Library), and transported him to the Alachua County Jail. His mugshot is attached. 

Deidrick is charged with 5 counts Denying Computer Services to an Authorized User, and 1 count Cyberstalking. He is being held on no bond until he is transported to the Polk County Jail. 

Detectives seized Deidrick's computer equipment during the search warrant, and the investigation is ongoing.