Counselor-in-training cyberstalking suspect out on house arrest
Robert Yagid must wear ankle monitor, can't have contact with children
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A counselor-in-training accused of stalking children via text messages at a South Florida camp was released from jail Friday morning.
Robert Yagid, 18, was arrested on charges of cyberstalking after turning himself in Thursday at the Broward County jail.
A Broward County juvenile judge ruled that Yagid, who is a counselor-in-training at Camp Adventure at Tree Tops Park, could be released on house arrest. Yagid must wear an ankle monitor, is forbidden from having contact with the alleged victims and can't use the Internet except for schoolwork.
Pembroke Pines police said a 13-year-old boy told his mother that he feared for his life after receiving threatening messages via Kik, a cellphone chat application, from someone claiming to be Megan Hoffmin.
The boy told his mother that a 12-year-old friend had received similar messages from the same person.
Police said the messages came from Yagid's home IP address.
Here are the some of the text messages that Yagid is alleged to have sent:
"Don't think I didn't notice you weren't at your little house in Pembroke. You were right to fear your life."
"Did you think I forgot about you? I gave you an extra day and you still haven't answered my question."
"You can call the authorities, you can pray to God, but you will never find me. Until I've found you first."
Scott Avras, who owns Camp Adventure, said he was shocked by the allegations.
"Robbie was one of the nicest boys that we've had at camp," Avras told Local 10 News. "He was very helpful as a camper, and as a CIT he couldn't do enough to help set up (and) break down activities. He was one of the few kids that would always asked me, 'Hey, what can I do to help?' He's a very nice young man."
Avras said he feels terrible for the alleged victims and Yagid.
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