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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Charles Regalbuto, 27, of New York City, was sentenced to serve 37 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that beginning in October 2014, the defendant sent multiple text messages to the Victim, threatening to publish naked photographs of the Victim on various social media websites. In one text message, Regalbuto stated: “I’ll ruin your life the way you ruined mine.” The defendant also sent a threatening text stating that he would kill the Victim and himself.
In 2017, without permission to do so, Regalbuto posted the naked photographs of the Victim on social media sites, resulting in multiple internet users seeing the photos along with the Victim’s name associated with the photos. Several individuals contacted the Victim after seeing the photos and asked if the Victim was the person in the photos, causing the Victim emotional distress.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.
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