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Feds charge Lincoln teen with cyberstalking in social media threats case

FBI agents have accused a 19-year-old Lincoln man of using social media accounts to harass, threaten and stalk three women he knows, according to a criminal complaint.

Alec R. Eiland appeared in a federal courtroom Wednesday in Lincoln, and prosecutors apprised of him the cyberstalking and transmitting threatening communications charges against him.

Eiland, according to FBI investigators, created different social media accounts and then used those accounts to threaten these women with bodily harm, including rape.

Posts on Facebook and Instagram by these accounts showed pictures of the women and invited solicitations for sex, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.

One Facebook message described in the affidavit asked one of the women if she liked her flat tires, called it a “start” and threatened to attach a bomb to the engine.

“You better kill yourself before its (sic) too late,” the post said.

One of the women alerted the FBI on Nov. 6, prompting the investigation.

Eiland was charged with the felonies three days later.

On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Zwart said he still posed a safety risk to the public and ordered Eiland to remain in detention at the Saline County jail in Wilber.

If convicted, Eiland faces up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

His attorney didn’t respond to a request for comment Wednesday.