Peekskill man who identifies as an ‘Incel’ pleads guilty to stalking several victims

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WHITE PLAINS – A Peekskill man has pled guilty in U.S. District Court to stalking several victims between October 2019 and August 2020 as an admitted adherent of the “Incels” or “Involuntary Celibates.”

David Kaufman, 27, also known as David Khalifa, John Morray and Big Man, admitted in court that he stalked and terrorized two victims, “not only harassing them by impersonating them online, but also graphically threatening to murder them,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams.

Beginning in or about October 2019, Kaufman sent two victims, among others, violent and threatening messages using various social media accounts. In those messages, he self-identified as an Incel and expressed his hatred of women.

In one instance, Kaufman sent the following message to one victim: “Hey wanna hear a joke? What’s worse than 10 Stacy’s nailed to one tree? One Stacy nailed to ten trees. [laughing crying face emoji]”

“Stacy” is an Incel term that refers to an attractive woman who rejects or refuses to have sex with an Incel, is hated by Incels, and is targeted by Incels for harassment, vitriol, humiliation, and violence.

Kaufman was told by police to stop harassing his victims and was issued an order of protection to refrain from communicating or having any other contact with them. But, he posted a picture of himself licking a photograph of one victim and conducted online surveillance of one victim’s residence and researched how to illegally purchase aw gun and assemble a semi-automatic rifle.

When sentenced in March, Kaufman, who pled guilty to stalking, faces one to five years in prison.