I am afraid that the PTSD caused by this "terrorism" has not yet been recognized by any court in NC to constitute an assault. If you can prove fraud by the predator, then it could be possible that you could recover for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Under NC law In order to prove a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress, the plaintiff is required to show that the defendant (1) engaged in extreme and outrageous conduct, (2) which was intended to cause and did cause (3) severe emotional distress. Hogan v. Forsyth Country Club, 79 N.C.App. 483
, 340 S.E.2d 116
, review denied, 317 N.C. 334
, 346 S.E.2d 140 (1986)
. The tort
may also lie where a "defendant's actions indicate a reckless indifference to the likelihood that they will cause severe emotional distress." Dickens v. Puryear, 302 N.C. 437, 452
, 276 S.E.2d 325, 330 (1981)
. The statute of limitations
for the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress is three years. Id. at 444, 276 S.E.2d at 330. "Civil actions
can only be commenced ... [within the three-year period], after the cause of action has accrued,...." N.C.Gen.Stat. § 1-15(a) (1983).
Thus, if you have evidence on this individual that they are engaging in such extremely outrageous behavior, your cause of action in addition to your fraud claim would be the intentional infliction of emotional distress.
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