New charges laid in Twitter harassment case: police
Gregory Alan Elliott, 52, is pictured in a photo provided by Toronto police. (Handout)
Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Tuesday, January 8, 2013 1:34PM EST
A Toronto man accused of harassing people on the Internet is facing additional charges after police received complaints from two more people.
Police said Tuesday that two people came forward after the initial charges were laid against a suspect last November, bringing the total number of complainants to three.
Investigators believe there may be additional victims.
Police launched the investigation last year after a woman complained about being harassed on Twitter.
According to police, the woman and the suspect met through the micro-blogging website last April and they discussed a graphic design project for a community event.
Within weeks, the woman became concerned about the suspect’s “online behavior” and she told him that she would be seeking help for the project from someone else.
After the woman ended the professional relationship, she was harassed on Twitter and last August asked the suspect to stop all communication with her, police said in a news release.
Despite her plea, the communication continued and the woman began to fear for her safety. Police were eventually notified, leading to the initial arrest about two months ago.
On Monday, police charged 52-year-old Gregory Alan Elliott with three counts of criminal harassment and one count of breaching a peace bond.
Elliott was previously charged with single counts of criminal harassment and breach of a peace bond, according to a news release.
None of the charges have been proven in court. His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 6.
Police have identified the suspect’s Twitter account as @greg_a_elliott. The account is still active but the last tweet was sent Nov. 21, the day of his arrest.
The tweet, sent at 6:47 a.m., said “Me thinks the lady doth snark too much.”
In his Twitter biography, he describes himself as an artist, designer, poet, lover and friend who has four adult sons.
“Help many in many ways, loyal to a few,” Elliott wrote in his biography. “Enjoy everyone like they're your double rainbows. Coffee?”
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 416-808-1400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
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