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Two Female Senators Urge FBI to Collect More Data on Domestic Violence, Stalking Crimes

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two female senators are calling for the FBI to collect more information on domestic violence and stalking crimes.

“The seriousness and devastating effects of these crimes, as well as the propensity for repeat victimization, expose a dangerous gap in the FBI’s crime data collection programs,” Sens.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) wrote in a letter sent Monday to FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, The Hill reports. 

The senators wrote that the FBI collects data on crimes ranging “from homicide to loitering … but no data are collected on stalking and very limited data are collected on domestic violence.”

The senators said a quarter of women are victims of domestic violence, and one in six women are victims of stalking.

“The FBI is already authorized by law to collect data on new crimes without congressional approval, and it has already done so multiple times,” the senators wrote.

“For example, in January 2016, the FBI began collecting crime data on animal cruelty, with the justification that animal cruelty is an early indicator of violent crime,” they added.

Man Who Posted Fake Craigslist Sex Ad about FBI Agent Ordered to Undergo Psych Exam

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of stalking and harassing an FBI agent with a fake Craigslist ad has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the Associated Press reports. 

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak ordered a competency hearing after expressing concerns about 47-year-old Frederick Banks’  mental health.

The 47-year-old is accused of posting a fake Craigslist sex ad with an FBI agent’s phone number and address on Jun 25.

The agent helped build a case against Banks in 2003. Banks spent five years in prison.

New York Man Indicted for Allegedly Threatening, Stalking FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A New York man accused of stalking and threatening a Pittsburgh FBI agent who was investigating his cousin was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Ohio, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Ron Bergin will be in court Thursday to determine if he will be detained until trial to avoid placing Pittsburgh FBI Agent Shawn Brooks in danger. The Post-Gazette the court will “almost certainly be detained pending trial.”

He was charged Tuesday with cyberstalking, threatening a federal law officer and communicating threats across interstate lines.

Agent Brooks was investigating Bergrin cousin, Paul Bergrin, a well-known defense attorney and former federal prosecutor.

Authorities allege Bergin repeatedly called her and sent her four Easter cards to her new home in Pittsburgh.