Thomas Traficante pleaded guilty to cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend and sending her drugs in her mailbox at SUNY Geneseo.
A New York man confesses to cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend, posting of personal information on a prostitution website, and mailing of its drugs on the university, in an attempt to get her arrested.
Thomas Traficante, 23, of Seaford, pleaded guilty Thursday to “cyberstalking and distribution of a controlled substance” in the federal court, Newsday reported. He could face up to 37 months in prison under a plea agreement and is scheduled to be sentenced later this year.
Traficante, a student at the St. John’s University in Queens, meets his ex-girlfriend, a SUNY Geneseo student who was not identified, by means of an online dating website. The two broke up on Oct. 26.
But then the spurned lover started sending his ex-girlfriend and her sorority sisters of cryptic text messages telling them, “it’s not safe out there tonight” and “there are different people from different organizations of me. My plan is to hurt them,” prosecutors said.
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For a moment, Traficante allegedly used a device to change his voice, telling the woman of the household “I am in the house.” The wife changed her mobile phone number, but Traficante was able to keep the new and threatening her, prosecutors said.
In November, Traficante e-mailed the woman drugs, including cocaine and methamphetamine, to her college mailbox. He notified the police about the drugs in to the woman and her in legal trouble.
Newsday reported the woman’s room was searched, but nothing was found. The victim told officers her ex-boyfriend was “controlling.” She also showed officers of texts from Traficante in which he threatened to share her personal information on a prostitution site as “she has something that he strongly disagreed with.”
The Democrat & Chronicle Traficante posted of the woman that the information on Backpage.com under a prostitution category, and they receive about 60 calls from men asking for sex. She also said that her ex-boyfriend hacked into her Amazon account and sent her a book with the title “I am Watching You.” He also reportedly hacked into her e-mail, mobile phone and social media accounts. The woman also claimed Traficante gained access to her school account and took quizzes under her name, with the intent of getting her a insufficient.
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Traficante was also accused of shooting at the victim’s parents with a BB gun. When the police arrested him at his mother’s house in December, a loaded AR-15 rifle was found. It was not immediately clear if Traficante had purchased the gun legally.
This is not the first time Traficante is accused of stalking. From 2014 to 2015, with a other woman claimed that she was cyberstalked by Traficante, but he was not charged in that case.
“The investigation identified another victim who Traficante also subject to similar digital harassment in 2014-2015 prior to the terrorizing of the (SUNY Geneseo) victim,” the plea agreement stated.