- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A federal judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for a man accused of stalking and harassing an FBI agent by posting a fake Craigslist sex ad with his phone number and address.

U .S. District Judge Mark Hornak said Friday that there’s reason to believe that Frederick Banks, 47, of Pittsburgh has a mental problem, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (https://bit.ly/1R3RuZu ) reported.

After the examination, the judge said, he plans to hold a competency hearing to determine whether Banks can legally stand trial on an interstate stalking charge.

Banks is accused of having placed a June 25 Craigslist ad seeking sex and listing the name and Florida phone number of the agent, who used to work in Pittsburgh and helped investigate Banks before he was sentenced to five years in prison in a 2003 case involving online sales of bogus and pirated computer software.

The ad identified the poster as a “married white boy” who is seeking a male sexual partner for himself and his wife, described as a “blonde gorgeous girl next door type.” The ad, which says “all races welcome can play anytime,” resulted in the agent getting two phone calls in response, prosecutors said.

Banks was later convicted in a 2004 case of trying to buy coins and other valuables online with bad checks and sentenced to an additional five years and three months in prison. He was released from prison in 2013 but was sent back for 14 more months after he violated his probation by opening foreign exchange accounts using stolen identities, according to court records.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, https://www.post-gazette.com

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