by Doug Brown
*** Original story, 12/30/2013 4:36 p.m ***
Late on Christmas night, 24-year-old Mansfield resident Michael Kisling took his grandmother's cell phone, cut her phone lines, stole her Jeep Grand Cherokee and headed off towards a tiny town in western Wisconsin in search of the girl he's been tormenting online for three years. Once there, he planned to pose as an FBI agent to kidnap, and possibly kill, the girl who, as an eighth grader, had sent him naked pictures of herself. After three years of tormenting the girl with those pictures — to "out her as a slut" to her friends, family, and the public — he knew the real FBI was about to come down on him, so he bolted.
It started in the Fall of 2010 when Kisling connected with the Wisconsin girl on Facebook, according to the FBI affidavit for his arrest filed last week in the federal court in Akron. That November, he created a fake account for his fictional sister, "May Kisling," and told the girl May wanted to talk to her. According to the affidavit (read, in full, at the end of the story):
After communicating with May for approximately a week, (the girl) received a request from May to send nude pictures of herself. (The girl) refused to send pictures but may continued to pressure her. After a while. (the girl) decided she would send the pictures so May would leave her alone. (The girl) advised that May told her how to pose and take the pictures. (The girl) said that she was nude in all of the 15 photographs.
Armed with the fifteen pictures, Kisling hacked into her Facebook account and posted them on her page while she was at basketball practice. Her mom noticed what was uploaded — and that some of her Facebook friends had already seen it — and went to the county sheriff.
According to the affidavit, in January 2011 her mom sent an email to the account her daughter sent the pictures to, "to express anger" about what happened: "She advised him if she is able to figure out who Kisling's parents were, she would advise them what he had done."
Kisling responded, apparently angry that his XBox account had been suspended, with vague threats about what could happen and specific threats of lawsuits:
Is that a threat? and if you had anything to do with my membership being banned on xbox I will make you pay I have some very powerful friends in high places you got me? Either that or I can take to you to court and sue your whole Goddamn family into nothingness? AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT SO LEAVE ME ALONE OR IT IS I WHO WILL MAKE YOU PAY YOU GOT ME???
Later that day, Kisling sent a second email to the mother of the girl: "AND BTW I NO WHERE YOU LIVE NOW."
That March, he again emailed the mother, implying police had been investigating him and that if he got in trouble, he'd release the naked pictures of her daughter and their address to "media news outlets" and social networking sites:
Im 21 and im still immature I admit that freely get the police to stop investigating me plz and I will never ever talk to you your daughter ever again I promised you that ill be a ghost but if I find out for one moment I might get in trouble for this I have the skill to release those photos of your daughter of 75% of the internet and I will all the media news outlets social networking sites and your address is in the note I will send in it if you do not want mainstream media attention then give it up I promise to leave you alone forever so leave me alone I keep forgetting about this but you fuckers keep bringing it up SO LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE OR ELSE.
The affidavit includes another message to her from Kisling, sent in August 2011:
shut up bitch your daughters the slut not me check her computer and phone your just lucky I wasn't a rapist murderer or sexual predator do you understand? I liked your daughter so whatever she told you is a lie and btw ive just posted those pics in a lot of porn sites so HA!
It is unclear what — if anything at all — happened to Kisling from the original county Sheriff's investigation, even though the investigators in Wisconsin issued subpoenas to Kisling's internet service provider and found out exactly where he lived and where his messages were coming from in Mansfield in early 2011. The county has no records of his arrest, he's got no arrests in Ohio, and no federal records until his arrest late last week. There are no indications the sheriff contacted the feds, who would have jurisdiction over Kisling, about this until 2013.
It seemed to be over, until this April when Kisling again used Facebook to expose those naked pictures of the girl, now a junior in high school, to her friends and family. This time, he created a fake profile for the girl's brother. He made it look exactly like how her brother's profile actually looked: his exact name, his exact pictures, his exact networks. He then added as a friend everybody on her actual brother's friends list. Then, posing as her brother, he uploaded the exact same pictures she took three years earlier as a middle-schooler.
The sheriff's office was again contacted. Subpoenas revealed the account was being used by the same person who had uploaded the pictures in 2013. Then, finally, the feds got involved. A FBI special agent interviewed Kisling at his Mansfield home on Dec. 10. In that meeting:
Kisling admitted to posing as a female named May Kisling online while attempting to groom (the girl). After (the girl) emailed multiple nude photographs of herself to him, Kisling "hacked" into (the girl's) Facebook page due to her lack of security settings. He posted her nude photographs to the page in an effort to "out her as a slut" amongst her family and friends.
The feds executed a search warrant on the house on Dec. 23. Physical copies of those pictures were found in a cabinet at the foot of his bed. "Kisling admitted to a problem with viewing and sending child pornography. Kisling stated that he needed help for his actions surrounding child pornography," the affidavit said.
He wasn't locked up after the feds searched his house, however, because two days later — Christmas night — he stole his grandmother's car and headed to Wisconsin to find the girl to "do stuff to her and possibly kill her... If stopped by police, Kisling reported he was going to try to get them to shoot and kill him," according to the affidavit.
But he ran out of gas and out of money before he could get out of the state, and called 911 on himself from a gas station. Listen to that call:
Here's what the affidavit said about it:
On 12/26/2013 at 3:47 a.m., Springfield, Ohio Police Officer David Allen responded to a Speedway gas station to meet Kisling who had called the police. Kisling advised Officer Allen he had stolen his Grandmother's Jeep Grand Cherokee earlier in the night and had stopped in Springfield when he realized he was out of gas and money. Kisling reported that after he stole the car, he cut his Grandmother's home phone lines and then stole her cell phone so she would not be able to call the police on him. Kisling advised Officer Allen he was attempting to flee from the FBI as a result of his pending legal troubles.
He spilled his plans to the Springfield police officer:
Kisling advised Officer Allen he had previously uploaded nude photographs of (the girl) to two Facebook accounts as an act of revenge against her. Kisling admitted he had plans to drive to (the town), Wisconsin that night where she knew (the girl) lived. While he didn't know the exact house, he did know she worked at a local (business). He planned to act as an FBI agent when speaking with (the girl) in an attempt to lure her from the house. Once away, he planned to "do stuff to her and possibly kill her." If stopped by the police, Kisling reported he was going to try and get them to shoot and kill him.
Kisling is now, finally, locked up on federal child pornography distribution charges 37 months after pressuring a young eighth grade girl he never even met before to send naked pictures, and then humiliating her to her friends and family for doing so as "revenge" for being "a slut."
On his Youtube page, sergeantkisling, Kisling uploaded videos of him playing video games and ranting about a female sex blogger, Laci Green, for showing cleavage in her youtube videos. Those ranting videos, from 2009 (a year before he contacted the girl in Wisconsin) show his anger towards women he thinks are "sluts" and "bitches".
In the video below, he says "Laci Green is a retard, I swear to God, everyone needs to know she is the most retarded girl on the face of the planet. You just don't go, you know, flashing that crap around. That's the only reason she shows that angle because she want to get laid. That's all, that's all... I've been bitching about Laci Green for god-dang half a year now and have three videos and I'm about to post this one. This is going on the whole Youtube, all over Youtube, because Laci Green needs to be banned from Youtube forever because she's using Youtube to get laid.
In another video, he makes threats against her and tells her to "put a shirt on like every other fucking girl in the world who doesn't want to be bitched about their damn boobs, or get the fuck out." (In 2012, Green had to go underground for a while after nearly constant death threats and harassment)
Here's the full affidavit: