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StalkingWest St. Paul, MN – A divorced woman discovered that the man she’d been in an online relationship with for roughly a year was actually her ex-husband.

About three months after a contentious divorce in 2011, the West St. Paul woman struck up an extensive online relationship with a man named Aaron Carpenter.  Not unlike many online relationships, the woman shared a number of personal details with her new beau, including the difficulties she had been having with her ex-husband, a 36-year-old man named Brian Cornelius.

Over the course of the year-long romance, “Carpenter” had talked her into some presumably one-way webcam action, and even managed to talk her out of appearing at a court date to request a protection order against Cornelius, who had allegedly assaulted her in March of 2012.  The protection order request was dropped at a result.

Eventually, in August, the woman began putting two and two together, when Cornelius started cropping up in places she told Carpenter she would be.  The Carpenter persona had begun to slip, mentioning to the victim things that only Cornelius would know.  Finally, she confronted her ex, who admitted to everything.

Brian Cornelius has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor stalking and faces court on July 1.  The protection order was granted last August and is still in effect, which is probably a good thing, because misdemeanor stalking is met with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.  Considering Cornelius has no significant criminal record, he’ll likely serve minimal time behind bars.

I wrote this one in honor of the Minions, some of which have recently aired concerns of this very situation.  Police Investigator Shawna Curtis stated that the creation of false social networking profiles is a common practice among individuals looking to keep tabs on their ex.  Stay sharp, ladies.

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  • slavesher

    so creating a fake profile and talking to your x is stalking huh? Guess I will have to get rid of my dominatrix profile on fetlife……my x will be so disappointed…..

  • FrikkenFrak

    One word, woman: SKYPE.

    I told my daughter that until she LIVE CHATS with someone (who preferably keeps their clothes on) consider them a fake.

  • that would be sooooo scary!

  • that would be sooooo scary!

  • FrikkenFrak

    Maybe he’ll enjoy the pain of being dumped.

  • Thankfully my ex only changes his last name and tries to add me here on FB. I would not date anyone I had never met in person..a whole fucking year, that’s crazy. One sided webcam sex..lol!

  • newstarshipsmell

    Stay sharp, ladies.

    Hey, come on now, @AthenaZ:disqus! We’re not all ladies. And as you know, I’ve got that cyberstalker of my very own now, complete with personalized insulting name!

  • Valerie

    I am very sure that my ex will try something like this when he gets out of prison. I am already very picky about who I “friend” on stupid Facebook, I will have to be even more careful once he gets out. Because he is a convicted sex offender, I did have his profile removed and he won’t be allowed to make one under his real name, but that won’t stop him from making a fake one. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to friend my husband, when he found out that I was interested in a guy after he and I separated he purposely hung out with at the same bar with the guy just to skeeze him out (oh well, that guy was an idiot). I know his MO already. Try to friend my husband and then make him feel guilty. My husband welcomes him to try.

  • crimenthusiast

    Thanks for looking out for us! 🙂

  • Athena

    Do we think it’s your ex-husband? 😉

    I wrote this as a direct result of at least one lady being concerned that a mysterious persona trying to gain access to the group might be an ex.

    Yes, Tarsh, you’ve got stalkers. You’re a worthy target.

  • slavesher

    Maybe I will command him to listen to Electric Hellfire Club “Where Violence Is Golden” over and over till he figures out that was my favorite song and he will poke screwdrivers into his ears to escape the memories of me……

    Um…whoops, got carried away in the moment. I wish him all the best. Really I do…..

  • nena454

    Usually it’s woman who create those type of profiles lol

  • newstarshipsmell

    Well even if they did, I think my penis pictures would drive them right the fuck back out.

  • They are not that intelligent in WSP anyway.

  • Eliza Berntsen

    Surely, it can’t be THAT bad?! (only photographic proof will be accepted)

  • newstarshipsmell

    No, no, not pictures of my penis.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Just like in the movies… But it worked in Mrs. Doubtfire.

  • JohnQknowitall

    Well on another note it could have been her father, her brother, her boss, her neighbor, her…

  • Surprise! Your Online Boyfriend is Your Creepy Ex Husband – http://t.co/BcKWWAlKUe

  • 18th40

    A guy going through this much trouble to stalk an ex should be locked up on charges of impersonating a man.

  • Whatevn

    Well, seeing as 9/10 people on my major social sites I visit think I have a penis, and get e-crushes on the man they think I am, I think thats sound advice.

    But personally, I dont care if the person on the other side is fake : ). Im a little fake too. I have no interest in online dating.

  • ewwww

  • Twisted1

    When will these people figure out anyone who will not show their face in a video chat is up to no good. Anyone who sends you a email from a company with tons of spelling and grammical errors is not going to give you a billion dollars. Anyone who asks you to cash a check for something and send them back the hundreds of dollars extra is not a good buisness deal.

  • I think anyone condemned to live in West St. Paul, Mn. would be happy for the diversion. Don’t trust them internets!

  • DixieNightmares

    Aw, how sweet. Reminds me of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVdhZwK7cS8

  • Whatevn

    This sounds like the start to a lifetime movie

  • No! Can you even imagine? Poor woman. @dreamindemon: Surprise! Your Online Boyfriend is Your Creepy Ex Husband – http://t.co/rJfd1XpPD6

  • midniteshadows

    I’ll loan you my wood chipper. Just saying…

  • Jose Pinones


  • midniteshadows

    Oh! Speaking of convicted sex offenders, we had a parole officer call us x2 last week asking us what plans we had for when a certain offender gets out of prison. You know, to transition him into society.

    The house we rent used to be his Grandma’s. Now his brother owns it. Offender listed the house address and us as his contact/place to stay when he gets out.

    Hubby told PO if he shows up, he’ll kill him.

    3 years ago, around 2 am during a snowstorm he tried to force his way into our home. Didn’t call the cops ’cause we would have been transferred to the county sheriff and it would have taken them an hour to show up.

    page 20 Jerid M.
    We know him and his victims.

    This one lives a few blocks from us:

    We know him and his victims.

  • glitterpuss

    A year to catch on and a year in an online relationship….I would say she’s a rather dull knife.

  • Valerie

    Thanks lol

  • Valerie

    We almost didn’t buy this house because there is an offender down the street that sexually assaulted a one year old.

  • Buffettgirl

    Really? No sarcasm intended , that just hasn’t been my experience at all, at least according to all of my female friends.. they all claim to have exes stalking them currently or that they have had an ex stalk them in the past this way. Fake facebook, fake Match.com and even a fake Christian Mingle. (Weird, I’m actually friends with a Christian Mingle dater I know, but still, she’s a sweet chick.)

  • curiousalways

    I know. Have a relationship with a real live person you meet! I’m so 1990’s like that….

  • RT @dreamindemon: Surprise! Your Online Boyfriend is Your Creepy Ex Husband – http://t.co/rNTE6y88wE

  • This is one funny case of social engineering: “Surprise! Your Online Boyfriend is Your Creepy Ex Husband” http://t.co/HtQY8I8Z3F

  • Aussie Sabbath

    I would have bought the house just so I could harass the RSO and burn his house to the ground.

  • Aussie Sabbath

    If she got along so well with her ex online, why did they divorce in the first place?

  • RedScarab


  • RedScarab

    Considering you dated a sex offender maybe you should be more careful writing other people off as an idiot.

  • Valerie

    He wasn’t a sex offender until after he tried to rape me 8 months after I left him.

  • HazelHoppinflapper

    I can’t see wasting a year of my life (romantically-speaking) whining about my ex to some person I met online and that person isn’t touching my vagina. No way.

  • AllElseFailed

    “Stupid Facebook”? I didn’t realize people were forced into having a Facebook account?

  • Valerie

    I can have a Facebook account and still call Facebook stupid. It’s the best way to keep in touch with people that I won’t call and won’t go visit. I still think it’s stupid, but I will still have one.

  • My Name is Mrs. Angela, I was married to my husband for 8years and we were both blessed with three children, living together as one January until 2013 when things was no longer the way it was [when he lost his job]. But when he later gets a new job 3 months after, he started sleeping outside our matrimonial home. Only for me to find out that he was having an affair with the lady that gave him the job. since that day, when i called him, he no longer pick up my calls and nothing good and positive seems to come out from him. Yet my husbands just still keep on seeing the new girl friend till Dr. Orinoko cast a spell for me, now he is back with me and me only. And i am happy with my family if you need his help contact on via email, orinokosolutiontemple1@gmail.com