The former girlfriend of a U.S. marshal pretended to be his pregnant wife and placed "rape fantasy" ads on Craigslist, causing the wife to be attacked, prosecutors said Monday.
Michelle Suzanne Hadley, 29, of Ontario has been charged with 10 felonies, including stalking, making threats, assault and attempted forcible rape, according to the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said she also violated a restraining order and committed a crime while out on bail for another offense.
Prosecutors said Hadley stalked and threatened the wife of her ex-boyfriend, whom she dated for two years before his marriage.
Posing as the federal agent's pregnant wife, authorities said, Hadley went on Craigslist in June and advertised that she wanted to engage in "rape fantasies." She sent photographs of her former boyfriend's wife to men and gave them details about the victim's daily routine, prosecutors said.
"Hadley is accused of telling the responders that the victim wanted the responders to have forcible sexual intercourse with her, even if she screamed or resisted," the district attorney's office said.
Then men started showing up at the victim's home, officials said. Prosecutors said they intended to rape her. One of the men allegedly went to the victim's home and attacked her. The man fled before police arrived.
On June 24, Anaheim police arrested Hadley, who was released on $100,000 bail.
But prosecutors said Hadley continued to pose as the victim on Craigslist and sent emails threatening the lives of the victim and her unborn child. She used different computers and servers to send the emails and avoid police detection in an effort to circumvent a restraining order prohibiting her from contacting the victim.
Anaheim police arrested Hadley again on July 14.
If convicted of the charges, Hadley faces up to life in state prison. Her bail was set at $1 million.
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