Department of Justice

A Kotzebue man was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for cyberstalking state officials and their families, the Department of Justice announced Monday.

For nearly three years, Louis Holger Eklund, 41, relentlessly stalked and threatened the then-president of the Native village of Kotzebue and a state employed attorney after the two initiated Child in Need of Aid (CINA) proceedings following a report that Eklund had abandoned his infant son, according to a news release.

The officials were “carrying out their professional responsibilities to protect a child from abuse or neglect,” the release stated.

Eklund repeatedly called and emailed both officials and threatened to commit a public suicide, according to the affidavit. On one occasion, he left a voicemail which stated, “Your gig is up, ma’am” and “It’s time for you to leave Earth. You got that? You are hereby ordered to leave Earth. Depart! If you can’t have a change of heart, you have to depart,” the affidavit said.

Eklund has a criminal history and a pattern of violence, violating court orders and actively resisting law enforcement, according to the release.

“The defendant’s incessant harassment and threats to both victims and their family members was terrifying,” Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Wilson, District of Alaska, said. “There is perhaps no higher calling than protecting children who may be in harm’s way. Stalking and threatening these individuals for carrying out their professional responsibilities is detestable and a criminal act for which we will always seek justice,” he added.

Eklund is the second person to recently be sentenced for terrorizing people working in child protection. In March, the U.S. District Court sentenced Peter Lee Norris to nine years in prison for stalking and threatening an Office of Children’s services caseworker, her attorney and an FBI agent who investigated the case.

Eklund will spend seven years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

Contact Liv Clifford at 459-7582, lclifford@newsminer.com or follow her at twitter.com/FDNMcrime.

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