Fake Craigslist sex ad leads strangers to couple's front door

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Fake Craigslist sex ad leads strangers to couple's front door
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A Houston couple says they were targeted in an ugly and very racy prank. Now they're fighting back with a lawsuit.

HOUSTON -- The trouble for Hayley and Anthony began the Friday after Thanksgiving 2016.

"I got a Facebook notification from this individual that made a fake Facebook profile and he started sending me threatening messages, telling us that we've messed with the wrong person, telling us that he has started sending random guys to the house and knocking on your door," Hayley explained.

Fortunately, the couple was out of town. But back home in Houston, at least 20 men stopped by their house - men showing up to see Hayley.

The couple said those men were responding to a Craigslist ad including provocative pictures, as well as real photos taken from their Facebook page.

"All races, sizes, shapes welcome. Show up, knock on the door and you will be let in," the ad read.

"It was to insinuate that was me and to come over, have sex, and definitely word it differently than what I'm saying right now," Hayley said.

So who was behind this cruel and dangerous prank?

Pasadena police launched an investigation and were led up the road to Santa Fe to see Darrell Gibson.

Gibson has been convicted of harassment. Now Haley and Anthony are suing Gibson, who they say they've never even heard of.

To this day, Hayley said, they still don't know the motive of why Gibson did it.

The courts are seeing more and more of these cyberbullying cases turn criminal, and those hiding behind fake posts and fake accounts are not only being exposed but having to face some serious consequences.

"We're going to help people like Anthony (and) Hayley have a voice in the community and a voice in the courts, and we're going to expose this type of behavior in a way that people like Mr. Gibson are going to think twice about engaging in this type of behavior," attorney Clayton D. Craighead said.