Odd­ball im­per­son­ated girl­friend by hack­ing into her email ac­count

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JON WISE

A UNIVER­SITY stu­dent was ha­rassed for years by a mys­tery online stalker — who turned out to be her own BOYFRIEND.

Sick Shane Web­ber sent sex­u­ally ex­plicit pho­tos and videos to girl­friend Ruth Jef­fery, and in a shock­ing be­trayal of trust, emailed IN­TI­MATE pic­tures of her to her friends and fam­ily.

He also went online pre­tend­ing to be Ruth, posted naked im­ages of her on adult web­sites, and con­tacted men say­ing she was sex­u­ally at­tracted to them.

One bloke even turned up at her home and had to be turned away.


Un­em­ployed Web­ber, who was Ruth’s boyfriend for the whole time she was be­ing ha­rassed, knew it was mak­ing her ill — she’d been pre­scribed an­tide­pres­sants and had stopped eat­ing — but the 22-year-old con­tin­ued his evil cam­paign.

He was fi­nally caught in June this year when an email he sent to Ruth’s en­tire con­tact list — which in­cluded her fa­ther — con­tain­ing ex­plicit im­ages of her was traced back to his com­puter.

Web­ber, of Clifton, Notts, pleaded guilty to caus­ing ha­rass­ment, alarm or dis­tress at Mag­is­trates’ Court in Southamp­ton and will be sen­tenced next month. Ruth, also 22, said she hopes he is jailed.

She added: “I want him to be put in prison be­cause he has wrecked the past three-and-ahalf years of my life.

“I’ve known him for 10 years, so in a way it feels like the past ten years have been wasted.”

The abuse af­fected Ruth, of West Bridg­ford, so badly that she had to re­take com­puter sci­ence ex­ams in her course at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity.

She said: “It made me feel sick.”

SICK: Web­ber’s cy­ber stalk­ing made girl­friend Ruth se­ri­ously ill

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