NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A horrible mistake led to an accused stalker getting the most personal information about the alleged victim — with both saying the police are to blame.
Heather Parker thought an order of protection would keep her accused stalker away for good.
“I was scared, but just kind of doing OK,” she told CBS2’s Weijia Jiang.
Then, an unthinkable mistake — Parker said police pushed the accused stalker even closer.
“The person who threatened to kill me now has all of the information that I have been desperately trying to keep out of his hands,” she said.
The man Parker is talking about is William Green, 57, of Queens Village, who posted on Twitter: “Oddly, the NYC police who delivered OOP gave me her address, SS#, phone number, DOB that I did NOT have previously.”
A copy of the order or protection, OOP for short, included Parker’s name and no other details.
An officer from the 105th Precinct in Queens served the order. Green said the officer also gave him a confidential police report with all of Parker’s most private information listed, including how and where to find her.
CBS2 blurred all those details, but Green did not — he took a picture of the paperwork and tweeted it.
“Now that I know he has the information about me, the threat feels so much more real,” Parker said.
“This is something, like I said, that has never really happened that I’ve ever heard of,” Laura Russell with the Legal Aid Society.
Russell has worked with domestic abuse and stalking victims for 20 years.
“A mistake was made, but she has her restraining order — her order of protection — and he’s not going to be coming near her,” Russell said.
Parker said she wishes she could be sure of that.
Her nightmare started nearly two years ago, when she and Green exchanged eight tweets in a political conversation that turned hostile. Then, Parker said Green sent hundreds of threatening messages.
“He threatened to blow up the place that I worked,” Parker said.
Parker and Green have never met in person, but experts say the psychological impact of cyberstalking can be just as devastating as if they had.
“It is terrifying for victims and a presence that they feel they can never shake,” Ariel Zwang, chief executive officer of Safe Horizon, said.
Green denied CBS2’s request for an interview, but said he has no plans to see or speak to Parker or “do anything” with her information.
How he got that information in the first place was still under investigation Wednesday night.
The NYPD told CBS2: “Victims’ confidential information is not provided to the public…. The allegation has been brought to the attention of the commanding officer and the matter is under review.”
But Parker is not reassured.
“I want them, at the very least, to admit what they’ve done – that your precinct messed up, and that I’m living in fear because your precinct messed up,” Parker said.
She said she also wants other victims to know it could happen to them.
Parker said she plans to file a lawsuit against the NYPD. She said she is still waiting for a response from the department about why and how her information was leaked.