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Alleged Craigslist stalker withdraws bond motion

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Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:55 pm

  The Library of Congress Packard Campus employee accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend on Craigslist is no longer trying to get out of federal custody before his trial next month.

  Kenneth Edward Kuban, 61, of Reva in Madison County was originally set to appear Monday in federal court in Charlottesville for another bond hearing seeking his release. But this week the court posted notice of cancellation of the hearing at the defendant's request.

  Kuban, a film preservationist at the LOC Culpeper facility on Mount Pony, has been in federal custody for about two months since being arrested March 22 for reportedly using his work computer to pose as the alleged female victim on the free online classifieds site. According to court documents, Kuban offered sex and pornography on the woman's behalf, providing her address and photograph and telling respondents to ignore the security gate at her Fauquier County home.

  April 10, a federal grand jury indicted Kuban on charges of stalking, stalking in violation of a protective order, identification fraud and violating a protective order with the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted on all the charges.    U.S. District Court Judge Glen Conrad subsequently denied him bond, ordering he be held until trial saying Kuban posed "a serious risk" of endangering the safety of another person or the community. The court set forth conditions Kuban would have to satisfy before entertaining a motion to reconsider the order of detention.

  The public defender representing Kuban filed the motion to reconsider earlier this month indicating Kuban would post a $50K bond and go live with another girlfriend in Charlottesville while awaiting trial. That is the motion that was withdrawn this week. Kuban's trial is set to begin the morning of June 20 in federal court in Charlottesville.     

  The indictment against Kuban alleged he knowingly caused men to travel from other states to unknowingly stalk the victim thereby placing her in fear of serious bodily injury and causing substantial emotional distress. More than 100 men reportedly showed up at the Fauquier County woman's home from January through March 20 in response to the fake sex-wanted ads on Craigslist.

  Some of the men would not leave until the woman called police while one drove through the security gate and another climbed over it, according to court documents.

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