June 22, 2018
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John Bapst senior, member of cyber security club, arrested for computer stalking, police say

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Carl Astbury
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A John Bapst Memorial High School senior — a veteran member of the school’s cyber security club — was arrested Wednesday for using a computer to stalk a fellow student, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

Carl Astbury, 18, of Bucksport was charged with felony sexual exploitation of a minor as well as misdemeanor stalking and terrorizing, the sergeant said. The teenager could go to prison for up to five years and pay a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted of the felony.

“A female student from John Bapst High School contacted police last week with information regarding ongoing stalking, harassment and repeated requests for personal photographs over the Internet,” Edwards said. “The suspect in the case was disguising his identity and IP address.”

Bangor police Detectives Tim Cotton and Brent Beaulieu, who has extensive training in computer-related crimes, led the search for the computer stalker and linked the IP address to Astbury, who not only asked for photos from the girl but also made threats, Edwards said.

“He wanted photos of her, or else,” the sergeant said. “I don’t know what that ‘or else’ means,” but it clearly was meant as a threat, he added.

Edwards said the victim is under 18 but he declined to give her town or city of residence.

Astbury and others in the school’s cyber security club were spotlighted in an October story in the Bangor Daily News about the group’s preparations for the national CyberPatriot competition.

John Bapst has had a cyber security club for three years. Last year club members infiltrated the Bangor Public Library website — with permission — to help identify places where the site might be breached.

In its first year, when it was only two or three members strong, students hacked John Bapst’s website and found that there was unrestricted access to vital files on the server, inadequate passwords, open printer sharing and other potential security problems.

The changes the students suggested helped make both sites more secure, said associate technology teacher and team coach Mike Murphy.

BDN writer Nick McCrea contributed to this report.

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