A Michigan woman was recently arrested after federal officials claimed she was the cyberbullyer who continuously molested her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend for nearly 18 months.
Kendra Gail Licari, 42, of Mount Peasant, Michigan, about an hour north of Lansing, has a teenage daughter who attends school in Beal City, about 15 minutes away. reports claim that Licari’s daughter and then-boyfriend began receiving harassing messages online sometime in “early” 2021. Beal City school officials were made aware of the harassment in December of that year and launched an investigation into the source. Both Licari and her daughter’s boyfriend’s mother were cooperating with the investigation.
Within a month, school officials sought law enforcement’s help, and soon after, local law enforcement turned to federal investigators for help when their own resources were exhausted. By late April or early May, federal investigators had warned William Chilman, the Beal City school principal, that they had come across Licari as a possible suspect in the case after them allegedly linked their IP addresses to some of the messages.
On Monday, Licari was arrested and charged with two counts of tracking a minor and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime. She was also charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly trying to pin the molestation on a peer of her daughter’s. Licari was released on $5,000 bail.
David Barberi, an Isabella County prosecutor, told the media that law enforcement had compiled nearly 350 pages of harassing texts and social media messages that were sent to the two victims, who allegedly received up to 12 such harassing messages per day . Barberi claimed that Licari often disguised herself online, using slang and abbreviations commonly used by members of younger generations. The Macomb Daily reports that it also made the news appear to have come from out of town when “kids the ages of the two were traveling”, but it’s unclear if the teens involved were also out of town at the time were.
Although police say Licari eventually made a full confession, police still have no motive for the crime. Licari had been the girls’ basketball coach at the schools in Beal City until at least last December, but was replaced at the end of the season. It’s unclear if that job, or any residual tensions she felt after being asked not to return, could possibly have sparked the alleged harassment.
The exact nature of the harassment is also unclear. Several outlets have labeled it “catfishing” — the act of assuming a fake person online to deceive others, often for romantic or sexual reasons — but prosecutors have released few details about the content. barber described the messages as “degrading, demoralizing and just plain mean”.
Licari is scheduled to appear in court again on December 20. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years on computer crime charges and five years apiece on stalking and obstruction charges.
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