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Local Magazine Editor Charged With Identity Theft And Cyberstalking

SPOKANE, Wash. - The editor of Northwest Woman Magazine, published in Spokane, faces criminal charges after allegedly harassing and stalking her ex-boyfriend over the internet. Charity Doyl is charged with identity theft, theft, harassment and cyber stalking.

Court documents show after a messy breakup with Martin Dow, the owner of Glenn Dow Academy, Doyl allegedly sent threatening and defamatory emails to Dow, his family, friends and even students at the Glenn Dow Academy. The internet threats included an eVite with a message that read: "DONT PISS ME OFF-- I HAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS," referring to thousands of addresses collected through Dow's business over the years.

The harassment continued when Dow started to date a new girlfriend from Russia. Doyl allegedly used Dow's credit card to buy more than $3,500 worth of Russian goods including fish, caviar and magazines that were sent to his office. She's also accused of sending obscene e-mails posing as Dow's new girlfriend.

KHQ reporter Gaby Fleischman spoke to Dow, who is trying to keep a low profile for the academy's sake. He says he "feels sick" about all of this, and hopes Doyl gets the "justice she deserves." He also released this statement:

"My Family and I have spent four decades building our school's reputation through honesty and dedication to excellence...There has been no threat to our livelihood, nor to me personally, more potentially onerous than false and malicious information posted or threatened to be posted on electronic networks. We hope that, in the future, honest businesses and business people aren't harmed by the spread of false information on the internet."

Doyle did not return several phone calls and her attorney declined to comment. A court date is set for August 8th.

KHQ Local News Reporter Gaby Fleischman contributed to this story

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