A man accused of sending harassing text messages to two University of Delaware students was arrested on stalking charges this week, police said.

The alleged harassment began in August, when one of the students began receiving text messages via a web-based messaging service that allows texts to be sent anonymously.

“The messages contained vulgar language and derogatory remarks,” said Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department.

The student reported the messages to police in October and told detectives that a possible suspect was Kyle Stevens. She knew Stevens through the university but had not spoken to him in months, Rubin said.

NPD learned that the UD Police Department was investigating similar harassment involving a different victim. Detectives found a link between Stevens and that victim, as well, Rubin said.

Additionally, they linked Stevens to the messages through the computer he used, Rubin said.

Stevens, 25, was arrested Friday at his Newark home and charged with two counts of stalking and one count of harassment. He was jailed in lieu of $5,000 secured bail.

Stevens is a senior at UD, according to university spokesman Andrea Boyle. Students who are arrested are referred to the University’s Office of Student Conduct.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Det. William Anderson at 302-366-7100 ext. 3469 or wanderson@newark.de.us.

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