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#WiTOpoli instigator Steph Guthrie goes to police after being made to fear for her safety

Screen cap of the accused’s Twitter homepage 

According to the Toronto Police Service, Gregory Alan Elliott has been arrested for criminal harassment and breach of a peace bond. Elliott is alleged to have used Twitter to harass a woman named Stephanie Guthrie, who identified herself as the complainant 

According to the police report, Guthrie used Twitter to solicit graphic design help from Elliott for an upcoming event she was planning. After learning of his previous online behaviour, however, Guthrie informed Elliott that she would be seeking assistance from someone else. Elliott then allegedly proceeded to harass Guthrie through Twitter. After several months of harassment Guthrie told Elliott to stop all forms of communication with her. Elliott, however, continued his harassment at which point Guthrie sought help from the police.  

Guthrie explained her decision to go to police, saying “In anticipation of any “you just did this to prove a point” criticisms, I did this bc he was making me feel unsafe/miserable. Worth noting.”

Readers may recall that Guthrie was interviewed by the Toronto Standard for a feature on the outrage caused by the “Beat up Anita Sarkeesian” game. Guthrie, an instigator of the Women in Toronto Politics group (#WiTOpoli), discovered the identity of the man that created the game, and subsequently shared the information her Twitter following.

Elliott was scheduled to appear before court at Old City Hall on Wednesday morning. His Twitter account is still active and the last tweet was sent at 6:47 am Wednesday morning.

Toronto Standard will have more on this story as it develops.

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Igor Bonifacic is a writer working for the Toronto Standard. You can follow him on twitter at @igorbonifacic

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