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Hi, Thank you for taking my question.  I have posted this question several times on allexperts and it has not been answered.

In a stupid attempt to get my wife interested in swinging, I wrote a fake blog - from a woman's point of view talking about the great life that swinging is.  

Unfortunately the blog was construed the wrong way.  We have friends that are being harassed by another friend/neighbor.  She is being harassed about her sexual exploits - being sent swingers magazines in the mail, fliers are put in the neighborhood mailbox, etc.

My wife showed the blog to her friend that is being harassed, and everyone assumed it was the friend/neighbor who wrote it. I immediately took the blog down. However, before I took it down my wife's friend printed it out and then took it to the police - the police already had a file going on this guy.  The police visited this guys house already, and he has denied writing it.  (This guy has done some other very creepy stuff, and he seems to be at best a mild pedofile.)

I have anonymously called the police and told them that that guy did not write the blog and that it has nothing to do with the harassment case.  I'm not sure if they really knew what I was talking about or cared much.

My question:

How much personal information can the police get from the ip address?  Can they find out it was me?  If the police find this out, will they share that information with the parties involved? (That seems like an invasion of privacy?)

Thank you

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Dear Sir,

I apologize my response has taken so long to reply, but I only today received the message here at the ALLExperts site after getting another question and coming to this site. Regarding your question, your IP address can be tracked and a general location can be found by law enforcement or anyone investigating the identity of an IP address. There are programs and software that can help those doing the investigation as well to obtain even more personal information. The question is whether the police take the time to investigate the IP address or even know they can do such a thing. In essence, they could find out it was you and they could share that information with the parties involved. That being said, there is no way to know if the police are even aware they can do all that with an IP address. Given the Internet is only a mere 20 years old, public safety officials like the police are in the same boat as all of us online users. The Internet in our generation is like the wild, wild west. My recommendation is to follow your morality. This is your wife you are talking about and you engaged in deception. Whatever the consequences, come clean and tell your wife the truth. Although there may be consequences from telling her, at least you can walk through life not having to worry someone will be knocking at your door.

Good Luck,

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli  

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cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cybercrime, cyber terrorism, online sexual predators, child predators, Internet safety, psychopathology, criminal psychology, forensic psychology and cyber psychology.

Experience

Dr. Michael Nuccitelli is a New York State licensed psychologist and certified forensic consultant. He completed his doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1994 from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois. In 1997, Dr. Nuccitelli became a licensed psychologist in New York State (License # 013009.) In 2006, he received the Certified Forensic Consultant designation from the American College of Forensic Examiners (Identification # 103110.) In September 2011, Dr. Nuccitelli established iPredator Inc. offering the private & public sectors educational and advisory services regarding cyber bullying, cyber stalking, cybercrime, cyber terrorism and Internet predators. In June 2012, Dr. Nuccitelli and iPredator Inc. launched their long anticipated website, www.iPredator.co, offering site visitors an incredible amount of information, education and advisory services. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Nuccitelli has worked in the mental health field in a variety of capacities with various clinical populations. Concurrent with his employment in mental health, Dr. Nuccitelli was a practicing psychologist for 10 years and worked in the field of forensic psychology conducting evaluations and consultation for attorneys and court systems. Dr. Nuccitelli has extensive career and academic experiences. His areas of expertise includes forensic & criminal psychology, digital forensic psychology, psychiatric & psychological disorders and developmental psychology. He is an avid follower of national & criminal news and enjoys educating the public by interacting with the media. Dr. Nuccitelli continues to investigate and expand his construct he has constructed, called iPredator. He presently consults with the American College of Forensic Examiners to become the resource and hub for Americans seeking information on iPredators, digital/computer forensics, cyber security and training programs for the professional sector and law enforcement.

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American College of Forensic Examiners International

Publications
Dr. Nuccitelli's theoretical construct, iPredator, was the feature article in the 2011 Winter issue of the Forensic Examiner published by the American College of Forensic Examiners International. His recent article "2012 Cyber Bullying Tactics," will be split and published in the Summer and Fall issues of their magazine.

Education/Credentials
Dr. Nuccitelli is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and certified forensic consultant.

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