In 2011, Mr. Ramos pleaded guilty in Anne Arundel County District Court to a harassment charge stemming from his online relationship with a former high school classmate. He had contacted the woman (who was not named in the original column because she feared for her safety) out of the blue on Facebook because, he said, she was the only one who had been nice to him in school. The woman initially felt sorry for Mr. Ramos, she testified, and offered advice and some personal details about her life. When it seemed like he made more of the relationship than she did, she tried to back away, and that’s when things took a turn. He engaged in an escalating pattern of harassment and threats, dropping off for a while only to return: “For all that time he was silent, he's collecting things about me. And then comes back at me, like, 10 times worse than he had before."