BEDFORD - A Bedford County woman faces a felony charge and $15,000 unsecured bail for allegedly trying to guess someone's Facebook password security question.
Sheila Bambling, 53, allegedly targeted Randy Delozier, the operator of Bedford County Free Press, a website that combines police reports and recorded public meetings with county gossip and angry denunciations of "haters." She's the third person in two years to face charges for interfering with Delozier's online presence.
The investigation began in October 2012, when Delozier told state troopers someone had attempted to access his Facebook page, state police said in an affidavit.
Troopers allegedly traced the login attempt to a 16-year-old from Saxton, who faced a charge of unlawful use of a computer, a felony.
During the investigation, the 16-year-old allegedly told police the illegal login attempt was first proposed by Bambling, an Everett resident whose name has appeared in derisive posts on Bedford County Free Press pages.
In February, a state trooper met with Bambling, who allegedly admitted to an unsuccessful attempt to access Delozier's page.
"She [said] she didn't know the answers to his security questions," which serve as a last line of defense on private pages, a trooper wrote in an affidavit.
Police charged Bambling on March 20 with unlawful use of a computer. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was delayed, court staff said.
In addition to Bambling and the unnamed 16-year-old, Timothy Iman of Cumberland, Md., was charged with misdemeanor harassment last year amid a dispute with Delozier.
Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.