Media Crime File: Obsession

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A former Annapolis, Maryland radio station news director is charged with forging a District Court document related to the alleged harassment of a man she had been dating. Raychel Harvey-Jones, 42, of Sparrows Point in Baltimore County, has been charged with one count of forgery of a public document in a March 20 incident. Harvey-Jones was arrested on July 20th, and released from commitment after posting bail of $150,000. She was hired by WNAV Radio in June to lead the news department at their Annapolis station. In announcing her addition to the staff, the station said she would provide news reports during the morning program. — Harvey-Jones is no longer employed by the station. Harvey-Jones came to WNAV from a position as freelance content producer for NBC4 in Washington, D.C. Her LinkedIn profile indicates she began working there in November 2014.

Baltimore County police detectives were contacted on July 12 about a man who said he was harassed by Harvey-Jones. Detectives met with a private investigator, hired by a man who had recently dated Harvey-Jones’ but ended the relationship when she “started acting unstable,” police said. Police were told he had received “harassing and threatening” texts and emails from Feb. 1 to July 17.

The private investigator showed detectives a copy of a text message sent from Harvey-Jones, which contained a photograph of a statement of charges sheet. Police said the charges were identical to those Harvey-Jones was charged with on July 29, 2015, but contained another woman’s name. The document was “only half written and did not contain the standard charging language seen on the face sheet,” police said. Police later verified the charges had been issued in Harvey-Jones’ name, not the other woman’s, and determined the document was a “forgery and a counterfeit”.

This is not the first time she has faced charges related to harassment. She was charged and arrested last year by Baltimore County police for harassment of an ex-boyfriend. Police said numerous fake email accounts were set up by Harvey-Jones, from which she sent harassing emails to the ex-boyfriend and his family. Court records show she was issued a probation before judgment on one count of illegal access of computers, and was ordered to serve three years of unsupervised probation and to have no contact with the victim. A trial date is scheduled for Sept. 19 in District Court in Towson, Maryland.

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