MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Lakeville woman has been sentenced to a year in jail and 40 years probation for ‘cyberstalking’ a family.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Kaley Hennessy stalked a family after breaking up with one of their in-laws. She was obsessed with a mother and her two young sons, and she harassed the mother online in various ways, taking over a social media account and sending scurrilous e-mails.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Steve Murphy Reports

“You can just imagine the trauma that caused to the victims in this case” said Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom.

In this case the suspect had a history of mental problems. But Backstrom says such crimes are on the rise, here and elsewhere.

“The cyberbullying, cyberharassment is on the increase throughout this country and we’re very concerned about it”.

Investigators say they’re seeing a steady increase of impostors on Facebook and other social media.