Someone who hacked into a 22-year-old Oregon State University student’s cellphone and social media accounts had been terrorizing the woman over several months, but it wasn’t until Friday that the Corvallis Police Department arrested a suspect — her stepfather.
Bryan Duane Tilley, 51, of Keizer, is accused of accessing his stepdaughter’s accounts and setting up an email in someone else’s name for the purpose of threatening and dissuading her from drinking and associating with a particular male friend, according to a probable-cause affidavit prepared by Corvallis police detective Bryan Rehnberg.
Tilley pleaded not guilty in Benton County Circuit Court on Tuesday to felony charges of coercion, computer crime, identity theft and first-degree burglary, as well as misdemeanor charges of third-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.
He was arrested Friday and released Sunday after posting bond.
Tilley’s attorney, Jeffrey Jones, did not immediately return a message for comment.
Police determined through a series of search warrants and subpoenas that Tilley allegedly accessed his stepdaughter’s Instagram account 44 times between Oct. 29 and Dec. 16, according to Rehnberg’s affidavit. Tilley reportedly told police that he gained access to her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts by successfully guessing the passwords.
Tilley is accused of retrieving photos from his stepdaughter’s personal computer and sending them to her through email, threatening to post them on her social media accounts if she didn’t stop going out to bars or associating with a particular male friend. He allegedly set up the account in the name of the male friend’s brother as a way to mask his identity.
He allegedly followed up on the reported threat and posted the pictures through her Instagram account on Nov. 4.
Using his stepdaughter’s Instagram account, Tilley also allegedly posted that it wasn’t an accident that her roommate’s tire had been punctured on Dec. 14, and that her tire would be next if she didn’t stop going to bars and seeing her male friend.
Tilley also is accused of unlawfully entering his stepdaughter’s apartment on Jan. 3 and pouring out a bottle of tequila.