Hensley, an attorney, was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and did graduate study at North Carolina State University. He earned his law degree from North Carolina Central University. He is survived by his wife, Pat Granger Hensley, and sons, Preston, Chris and Robert Hensley III.
Hensley, 62, was a pivotal player in the passage of the North Carolina cyberstalking law, which makes it a crime to communicate threats via electronic media such as e-mail, fax, pager and cellular phone. He proposed the measure before the rise of widespread wireless, high-speed Internet access and the explosion in text messaging and social networks such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.
Hensley's law also criminalizes unauthorized access to computer networks, including Denial of Service attacks, which block access to computers for authorized users.
"Bob Hensley was a spirited and dedicated public servant who fought for what he thought was right and always cared about the average citizen," said his successor in the House, Rep. Deborah Ross.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Governor Bev Perdue issued this statement in memory of Hensley:
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