An Orange County man has been arrested on suspicion of harassing a professional online gamer during a years-long harassment campaign, the Justice Department has announced.
Evan Baltierra, 29, of Trabuco Canyon, was arrested by FBI agents on Monday and was scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.
He is charged with one count of harassment and, if convicted, faces a maximum statutory sentence of five years in federal prison.
According to the arrest affidavit, Baltierra orchestrated a harassment campaign against the woman who used Nali’s name in her role as a top World of Warcraft player on the Twitch streaming platform. At one point, he had been a moderator of his broadcast channel.
Baltierra met Nali in person in November 2019 during a fan meet and greet at the Blizzcon gaming convention in Anaheim. He reportedly expressed romantic interest in her and she refused, claiming she had a boyfriend.
In June 2020, after learning that Baltierra was trying to find his address so she could visit him in Canada, she removed him as a moderator from her broadcast channel and blocked him from her social media.
What followed, she said, were months of threats and harassment against her and her boyfriend, including the distribution of images in which her face was put in sexually explicit photos.
Nali went public with her allegations in December 2020, when she applied for crowdfunding support to pursue legal action against Baltierra. Two months later, she quit her gambling career, citing stress from her “constant harassment”.
That same month, February 2021, she obtained a temporary restraining order against Baltierra in Orange County Superior Court, and he signed an agreement to end the harassment campaign.
But the arrest affidavit says he continued to stalk the victim.
In March 2022, a search of Baltierra’s residence revealed “numerous photoshopped nude images with the victim’s face on them” and evidence of email accounts from which harassing messages were sent, the affidavit states. .
Baltierra joined the Marine Corps after graduating from Mission Viejo High School, according to a 2011 article. in the Orange County Register. In April 2019, he was sworn in as a Los Angeles Airport Police Officer. It is not known how long he held this position; online government records indicate he was only paid in 2019.