Creepy Cyberstalker Ordered to Pay $4.8 Million
A 72 year-old man who sent emails, texts, calls and unwanted porn to his best friend’s daughter for seven years was found liable for stalking and ordered to pay the victim $4.8 million.
James L. Dingwall started harassing and stalking Shaliece Delight Hall, 32, years ago and vowed to continue until police killed him.
Dingwall knew Hall because she was the daughter of his best friend. She knew him as “Uncle Jim” while growing up. After her father’s death in 2005, Dingwall reappeared and began obsessively following her and rented a house in her neighborhood to be near her.
According to Hall’s lawsuit, Dingwall not only sent creepy messages offering to pay her to have sex with him, but the 6’3” 300-pound man also followed Hall to her job at schools where she taught, her friends’ homes, even church.
He threatened her life if she refused to have sex with him, set up a bank account in her name and claimed to have a credit card in her name.
“I would just like to die with a smile on my face after having sex with you,” one email said.
He once appeared at a Starbucks where she was and told patrons that the CD he was wearing around his neck had naked photos of her.
Hall’s attorney, Mark Steinberg, said “terror and humiliation” forced his client to sue the former family friend.
Dingwall pled no contest to misdemeanor stalking in 2010 in a plea deal that dropped a battery offense. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to stay away from Hall.
“Even after courts had issued multiple restraining orders, and he was convicted of criminal stalking, Dingwall accosted Hall as she jogged and attempted to force her into his car,” Steinberg said.
The jury ordered him to pay $1.2 million in compensatory damages and $3.6 million in punitive damages.
According to his LinkedIn account, Dingwall is a semi-retired financial consultant, but it’s not clear how much of the verdict he will pay. He owns a condo and travels in an RV.