â€” Greene County — A 39-year old Xenia woman was sentenced last week to six months in jail for stalking and harassing three people online — one of them for six years.
Now that the case is over, the victims are sharing their story in order to help other victims of cyberstalking and show how law enforcement can crack down on this growing crime.
The first victim was a former WHIO-TV employee who wants to remain anonymous. He said Jillian Sticka, who was married, was obsessed with him and “the more I rejected her, the angrier and more aggressive she became.” He said she harassed her constantly with phone calls, Facebook posts, and tweets. He filed a complaint with the Dayton Police Department in May of 2013 and obtained a Civil Protection Order later that year. However, the stalking continued and Sticka began targeting his friends.
This story is personal for me. A lot of you may have seen some of the nasty posts through the years. I have stayed silent until now. I hope my story will help others who are being bullied. @whiotv https://t.co/roY7iJlbiN
â€” Gabrielle Enright (@GEnrightWHIO) July 5, 2018
WHIO-TV anchor/reporter Gabrielle Enright became Sticka’s second victim. By 2014, Enright said Sticka tweeted posts about “my job performance, appearance, address, vehicle description, marriage, and miscarriage.” Enright had shared on social media her feelings of loss after suffering a miscarriage.Â
“I was trying to help myself and help others heal,” Enright said.Â
In social media posts, Enright said Stick “claimed I killed my unborn child because I didn’t know who the father was. She also tweeted that God hated me and that’s why I lost my baby girl.”
Casey Bretti works as a project manager for a defense contractor and began Sticka’s third victim in 2016. She said Sticka’s tweets aimed at her were vile and disgusting.
“That I had sex with my dog, that I was fat, ugly,” Bretti said.
Bretti said she feared losing her job and security clearance. She also put up security cameras outside her home because she was afraid Sticka might show up there.
All three victims described the online harassment as mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting. They said Sticka harassed them around the clock, often many times a day, using aliases and fake social media accounts. Bretti and Enright also filed police reports and obtained Civil Protection Orders against Sticka and began to document her tweets and posts.
They worked with Xenia Police, victim advocates and prosecutors in Xenia and Greene County, and even a forensic analyst with the state Auditor’s office. Together, they were able to craft specialized search warrants and subpoenas to trace the IP (Internet Protocol) address and connect the dots to present the case to a grand jury. Sticka was indicted for three counts of Menacing by Stalking and pleaded guilty in early May.
Greene County Common Pleas Judge Stephen Wolaver listened as the three victims each read a victim Impact statement in court, relating how Sticka’s online stalking and harassment had affected them.Â
“These three individuals are absolutely the definition of innocent victims,” said Judge Wolaver.Â
Despite Sticka’s plea to the judge to “please just have mercy on me because I really am not that bad of a person,” Wolaver sentenced her to six months in jail with mental health treatment. He ordered her to community control after her jail term and that she have zero access to any form of electronic media.Â
“No accounts, no social accounts, no cell phones, no computers, nothing,” Judge Wolver said.
The judge told Sticka that if she ever contacts the victims in any manner, she will be sent to prison for 54 months.Â
“You are their nightmare,” he told her, “and it’s going to end.”Â
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