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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Theodore Loria, 53, of Irondequoit, NY, who was convicted of cyberstalking, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to serve 24 months in federal prison to be followed by six months home confinement.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that between June 2017 and August 2019, the defendant stalked an individual (Victim) causing substantial emotional distress. In 2017, Loria sent the Victim threatening text messages via cellular telephone. The defendant also sent a series of text messages, pretending to be a member of a local police department, stating that the Victim was an “enemy” of law enforcement and that he knew where all of Victim’s family members lived. Loria texted the Victim the correct addresses of the Victim’s family members. In December 2018, the defendant texted the Victim anonymously stating he knew where the Victim lived and everything about the Victim’s minor child, even providing details about the child’s school location, appearance, and the location of the child’s bedroom in the home. Defendant also conducted physical surveillance of the Victim’s residence and business and followed the Victim in his vehicle.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief Cynthia Herriott-Sullivan.
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