Palm Coast, FL - A Palm Coast woman and her family can relax after 32-year-old Cody Mitchell is charged with Aggravated Stalking for portraying her in dating, social media, and food-delivery service websites. Mitchell is the ex-boyfriend of the victim and father to her child.
The victim contacted the Flagler County Sheriff's Office in November 2019 to report that Mitchell was posing as her on social media dating sites and sending sexually explicit messages and images to men online. She already had a permanent injuntion against him for protection against domestic violence.
FCSO Domestic Violence Detective Fiona Ebrill was assigned to the investigation. She started with meeting the victim and her mother to gather evidence that showed over the past three years, Mitchell has been posing as both the victim and her other family members on social media and online dating sites. He used the victim's email address and photos, even some of her child, to open numerous accounts on Facebook, Plenty of Fish, MeetMe, OkCupid, Pinterest, and more.
Besides sending sexually explicit messages to men on dating sites, Mitchell was also a prankster, ordering from food delivery services to have meals to the victim. On the dating sites, Mitchell would invite men to the victim's residence from a profile using her picture. They'd show up and the new tenants living at her previous address would have to send them away.
Detective Ebrill was able to locate Mitchell after she obtained records from MeetMe, an online dating site, using the victim’s email address. They showed the login was made from an IP address registered to Mitchell’s current address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
“This woman and her family have lived for years being distressed and stalked by this deranged tormentor,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This is a bizarre case of revenge were he ignored his injunction and dedicated his time to trying to make the victim’s life miserable and damage her reputation. I hope that the courts deal harshly with him and put him in prison where he can no longer prey on this woman and her family.”
The Pennsylvania State Police located Mitchell in Getysburg on May 7, 2020. His extradition to Florida was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He made it back to Flagler County yesterday (July 9) and was booked in the Flagler County Jail on one count of Aggravated Stalking after Injunction and one count of Aggravated Stalking. His bond is set at $30,000.