A federal grand jury Wednesday indicted a local Library of Congress film preservationist on four felony counts including stalking and stalking in violation of a protection order.
Kenneth Kuban, 61, of Reva in Madison County, if convicted faces up to 20 years in prison and/or $1 million fine on the charges that also include ID fraud and violating a protection order within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Kuban works at the LOC Packard Campus in Culpeper located in the old Federal Reserve on Mount Pony.
Federal authorities allege he used his work computer to post fake sex-wanted ads on Craigslist targeting a Fauquier County woman he briefly dated more than two years ago.
The defendant allegedly posed as the woman on the site offering sex and pornography, providing her address and photograph and telling respondents to ignore the security gate at her home.
The charges in the indictment allege Kuban knowingly caused others to travel in interstate commerce to unknowingly stalk the victim thereby placing the victim in fear of serious bodily injury and causing substantial emotional distress, according to a news release Wednesday from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In federal court in Charlottesville last Friday, the woman testified that more than 100 men showed up at her house from January through March 20, according to The Hook. Some of the men would not leave until she called local authorities while one drove through the security gate and others climbed over it.
Kuban was arrested last month following an undercover federal probe finding probable cause that he violated a protective order originally entered by the woman in July 2011.
Last Friday, a federal judge denied Kuban bond and issued an order of detention against the defendant pending trial in the case.
"There is a serious risk that the defendant will endanger the safety of another person or the community," U.S. District Judge Glen Conrad wrote in the order issued in U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia. "The seriousness of the charges and the severity of the penalties in this case are such (as) to encourage desperate acts, including flight."
The judge committed Kuban to the custody of the Attorney General or a designated representative for confinement in a corrections facility pending trial in the case. A trial date has not yet been set in the matter.