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Salisbury Man Charged with Cyberstalking Newsweek Journalist Cites PTSD

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DALLAS (AP) - A Maryland man blames post-traumatic stress from his overseas military service for impelling him to send a Newsweek reporter a Twitter image intended to trigger an epileptic seizure.
    
Federal officials arrested 29-year-old John Rayne Rivello, of Salisbury, Maryland, on Friday on an interstate domestic violence charge.
    
The criminal complaint was filed in Dallas in December by Kurt Eichenwald, a Newsweek reporter with epilepsy who lives in the area.
    
Prosecutors say Rivello sent a strobe image to Eichenwald's Twitter account intended to trigger a seizure. Included with the image was the message: "You deserve a seizure for your posts."
    
The image, which did trigger a seizure, was apparently sent in response to Eichenwald's outspoken criticism of then-President-elect Donald Trump.
    
In a statement Tuesday, Rivello says he apologized to Eichenwald and is seeking counseling. The charge still stands.

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