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Kamloops 'Catfish' bullies ex-girlfriends through fake Facebook account, lands in court

June 30, 2014 - 5:38 PM

KAMLOOPS – If you take a look at Chrissy Last’s Facebook page you’ll see she likes Nicholas Spark’s The Notebook, Breaking Bad, Seinfeld and listening to Drake. What you don’t know is she's a bully, harassing people—three women in particular—through her Facebook account.

What you also may not know about Last: She is actually 38-year-old George Herbert Douglas, the ex-boyfriend of the three women Last bullied online. He was in Kamloops Provincial Court Monday afternoon pleading guilty to 11 counts of mischief and two counts of criminal harassment for sending threatening messages both as Last and 'Stacey Watson' through Facebook and text messages respectively.

Developing a fictitious online personality is known to many social media users as catfishing – a term developed by MTV documentarians. A catfish uses a false Facebook account or other social media such as Twitter, Instagram or texting in order to achieve personal gain from a falsified romantic relationship or to mask as a separate personality for love or retaliation.

Douglas went as far as constructing a web of Facebook friends for Chrissy Last to create an online smear campaign for his exes. As Last, Douglas messaged one ex-girlfriend’s friends and family members to say she was “sleeping around” as he relentlessly messaged her, telling her to “watch her back.”

The ex-girlfriend reported the harassment to police.

Nearly three weeks later she found her uninsured vehicle vandalized; a window was broken.

Douglas also vandalized a separate vehicle belonging to the woman’s step-father, who was a Facebook friend of Last’s.

“You stupid bitch, now you’ve done it – watch your back,” Douglas wrote her.

Douglas moved on to harass another ex-girlfriend. He slashed all of the tires on her car, and keyed into the paint. The damage was so bad, she purchased a new vehicle – a picture of which Douglas asked to see in court.

Judge Chris Cleaveley called Douglas’s circumstances “very, very troubling and bizarre” and said his harassing behaviour was “devious and underhanded.”

Douglas addressed the court to apologize.

“I’m sorry. I don’t know what else to say,” he said.

Cleaveley handed Douglas a sentence of one year under house arrest, which he will serve under his mother’s care in Westwold. He will have a no contact order with those he harassed, a ban on social media, and a ban on firearms. He can only possess one cellphone. After his year of arrest, Douglas will be on probation for two years.

On weekends, Douglas will serve 14 days of imprisonment for an unrelated driving offense. He is ordered to delete Chrissy Last’s Facebook page under supervision and inform all future partners of his offense history. He is ordered to pay up to $4,500 in restitution.

-This story was edited at 9:06 p.m. to remove a photo. 

To contact a reporter for this story, email gbrothen@infotelnews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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