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Ex-sailor admits to 'cyber-stalking' onetime girlfriend, could face five years in prison

June 9, 2011 |  6:22 am

A 29-year-old El Cajon man pleaded guilty Wednesday to "cyber-stalking" an ex-girlfriend, a federal charge that could bring a five-year prison sentence.

Michael Lutz admitted in a San Diego federal court that he had telephoned the woman several hundred times, attached global positioning system technology to her cellular telephone to monitor her movements, and put a "keylogger" on her computer so he could track her Internet usage.

He also admitted that he created a Facebook page under a phony name so he could continue to contact the victim.

Despite a restraining order against him, Lutz confronted the woman at a shopping mall and chased after her when she fled, according to court documents. When she went into the woman's bathroom, he followed her and slipped underneath a locked stall to talk to her. He was arrested.

He is set to be sentenced Sept. 19. During the alleged offenses, Lutz was in the Navy. He has since been discharged.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego