(WJBK) - A well-known Wayne County Circuit Court judge opened up to FOX 2 about becoming an online stalking victim.
Judge Vonda Evans was left shaken and angry, but she is sharing her experience to help others. Her biggest message from the ordeal is don't wait - get help and tell police about it as soon as possible.
"I thought as a judge I could handle it myself," she said. "I felt victimized. I saw him everywhere, I saw him when I walked my dog. It was so bad I couldn't go to work today because I was afraid what if he was in that building. Is he my juror, I (was) looking everywhere for him.
"It is terrifying, it is a form of terrorism."
It began Saturday when a person used Twitter to contact her. Evans thought his message was inappropriate and blocked him - but it didn't end there.
The man started a second Twitter account later that night and the harassment continued.
"I said please stop, you are scaring me," Evans said. "At that point he exposed his genitalia to me. There were a series of (messages)."
She then went on Facebook and found the man had contacted her previously, once she went into her filtered messages. Evans said from July 5 until that Saturday he had sent a series of messages to her.
"He had been continuously in-boxing me indicating that he wanted to comfort me, have a barbecue with me, he wanted to make me scream," Evans said. "He had exposed his genitalia several times. In total there were over 30 (posts) that were involved."
From that point Evans contacted Detroit Police Chief James Craig who assigned investigators to look into it. They found the man who is now living in Atlanta. The DPD cybercrimes unit has contacted the man and his brother, who was given the phone by his brother who said he didn't know he was using it this way.
Evans, who is single, was left shaken by the experience.
"What I think he was able to do is go back through my texts and find out this is a single woman by herself, she is vulnerable," she said. "What it did is it crushed me psychologically. It was so bad I did not feel I could give a fair trial to a defendant that was charged with murder because psychologically I was beat down."
She said she wanted to disable her social media profiles in order to make the harassment stop.
"What everyone told me is that if I stopped doing social media, you let him win - and you shouldn't let him win," Evans said.
The police investigation found that he is mentally ill who lives in Atlanta with his brother and his parents are unable to care for him.
She said she is grateful for the help she received from Craig and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon but she worries about the everyday person or women who are in relationships that become online targets.
"I looked statistically, every nine seconds a woman is victimized through domestic violence through abuse and or stalking," Evans said.