A Granville man was arrested last week after driving 40 hours to Spokane, Wash. and threatening to rape two girls, ages 15 and 6, police reported.

Joshua R. Stetar, 20, was arrested Friday after police responded to a harassment complaint called in by the father of the 15-year-old girl, Spokane Police said.

According to the police report, Stetar said he met the girl in December of 2006 while playing Halo - an interactive X-Box 360 video game that allows players to talk to other players via a headset as they combat aliens using a variety of weapons and equipment.

At about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Stetar sent a text message to the victim stating that he was driving by her house, police said. In the message, he described his car as a gray Oldsmobile.

"Her parents were outside on their porch at the time, and they confirmed the vehicle actually did drive by," said Spokane Sgt. Isamu Yamada.

At 9:36 p.m., the victim received another text message from the suspect stating, "Tell the cops that I'm gonna rape you and your sister."

Stetar reportedly thought the victim's 6-year-old cousin was her sister.

Officers found Stetar staying at an Econo Lodge in Spokane, police said. They also found an Oldsmobile Cutlass registered to Stetar in the parking lot of that hotel.

During a police interview, Stetar admitted he was able to get much of the 15-year-old victim's personal information - such as her address and cell phone number - by "Googling" her name online. Google is an Internet search engine.

"We wanted to publicize the case because we thought it'd be good public information for people to know that this kind of thing can happen," Yamada said.

The victim's parents told police they've returned several packages and flowers Stetar sent the victim at her home over the past year.

The teenager also received several hundred text messages on her cell phone this year from Stetar, prompting her mother to change the cell phone number. The report states that the messages recently started again after Stetar was able to get the victim's new number from one of her friends.

Stetar also told police he flew to Spokane on Oct. 23 and rented a U-Haul van to drive by the victim's house, though he apparently did not contact the girl at that point.

Stetar was booked into the Spokane County Jail on one felony count of stalking and, according to

The Spokesman-Review

, a newspaper in Spokane, he was released Saturday after posting $10,000 bail bond.

Yamada said it was unclear if Stetar would have to stay in Washington until the charge was disposed of, or whether he'd be allowed to return to New York.

On Stetar's MySpace.com Web page, he lists Granville as his hometown and says he graduated from Granville High School in 2006.

The Spokane Police Department listed Stetar as a Saratoga Springs resident, although documents from the Saratoga Springs City Court list his residence as 66 Upper Turnpike Road in Granville. Those court documents reference two traffic tickets issued on Aug. 18 for making an unsafe turn and for using a cell phone while driving.

Stetar pleaded guilty to the unsafe turn charge but failed to appear in court on Dec. 14 on the cell phone charge.

Stetar's Web site also states he attended Adirondack Community College and is employed as a materials handler at Malta Pallet Racking and Shipping in Ballston Spa, although no company could be found by that name.

Stetar's Web site, found at www.myspace.com/jstetar, is riddled with Bible verses and religious rhetoric supporting abstinence and states his goal is to "maybe become a Christian school teacher."

Efforts to e-mail Stetar for a comment through his MySpace.com page were unsuccessful. An e-mail sent to the address he listed, one through Adirondack Community College, bounced back as undeliverable. It could not be determined Monday whether Stetar is a student at ACC, and no telephone number was available for Stetar.

Reporters Thomas Dimopoulos and Don Lehman contributed to this report.


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