Howard County man facing federal stalking charges

Michael McGuire, image courtesy of the Linn County Jail.
Michael McGuire, image courtesy of the Linn County Jail.

Accused of harassing someone in Minnesota.

Posted: Dec 8, 2019 10:53 AM
Updated: Dec 9, 2019 3:17 PM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A man is facing federal stalking charges for allegedly crossing state lines to harass someone.

Michael Shawn McGuire, 56, is accused of two counts of interstate stalking and one count of cyberstalking. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa says McGuire traveled from Cresco in Howard County to Spicer in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, in August 2018 and May 2019 to harass his victim.

Authorities say August 25, 2018, and May 25, 2019, numerous yard signs were posted in Minnesota, where the victim resides.  The signs were sexually explicit and contained the victim’s name, telephone number, address, and email address.  During this same time period, various friends, family members, and associates of the victim received sexually explicit mailings with semi-nude photos of the victim.  In addition, various Facebook profiles sent similar semi-nude photos to some of the victim’s contacts through Facebook and various fake dating profiles associated with the victim were created.

The federal indictment was filed on December 3 and McGuire was arrested the following day.

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