Police, MIAA Warn Of Disturbing Threat -- High School Athletes Lured, Stalked
Nov 09, 2017 03:36PM
By Bill Gilman
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) has issued a warning regarding a convicted stalker, who is using his knowledge of computers to "catfish" and lure young athletes.
In particular, the suspect appears to be targeting wrestlers in souther New Hampshire and the Merrimack Valley. However, all athletes and parents are being warned to stay on their guard.
The MIAA has identified the suspect as Robert Gordon Slye, who has pretended to be a female during online conversations and has used the name "Nicole Grace Smith"on Facebook and, perhaps, other social media platforms.
According to the message released by the MIAA to member schools, Slye has a criminal history of staking young wrestlers in Danville, NH and the surrounding area, as far back as 2000. He has been convicted of stalking multiple times. Most often, he has posed as a 21-year-old female.
The message from the MIAA reads, in part:
"According to police, Mr. Slye has become more brazen and recently tried to lure a New Hampshire wrestler to the Topsfield Fair. It is important to note that investigators have found Massachusetts student-athletes among those who Mr. Slye may have attempted to contact through an alias Facebook account. This may not be exclusive to wrestling, so please inform ALL of your coaches, parents and students.
"Please be proactive as Mr. Slye is described as a computer genius and while today he lurks under 'Nicole Grace Smith,' tomorrow it could be another alias."
He has also used the aliases Sara Doucette, Sara Camalari, Jess Pinsky, Vickie Barrington and Sara Hutchinson. In addition to Facebook, he has lured athletes using Snapchat and Instagram.
Slye has a lengthy police record, including larceny and parole violations. He is described, by police has being around 6-feet tall, weighing around 200 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
The MIAA notes that if anyone has information regarding its advisory to contact a local resource officer. If one is not available, people with information should contact the Windham Police Department at 603-434-5577.