Thomas Traficante was sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of cyberstalking and distribution of a controlled substance.
A New York man known for 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, was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday.
Thomas Traficante, 23, of Seaford, was convicted of “cyberstalking and distribution of a controlled substance” after U. S. District Judge David Larimer wound Traficante the actions “despicable,” the Democrat & Chronicle.
“If you had a certain amount of intelligence, you should know that what you did, repeatedly, was despicable,” Larimer said.
Raymond Perini, Traficante’s lawyer said that they plan to appeal the conviction. In March, Traficante pled guilty to cyberstalking and distribution of a controlled substance.
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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, 2017.
The spurned lover then 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.
At a given moment, Traficante allegedly used a device to change his voice, telling the woman of the household “I am in the house.” The woman changed her mobile 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 to the set of the woman.
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.”
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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. Traficante was also accused of shooting the victim’s parents with a BB gun.
When the police arrested him at his mother’s house in December 2017, a loaded AR-15 rifle was found. It was not immediately clear if Traficante had purchased the gun legally. Traficante was enrolled in a master’s program at the time of his arrest.
Traficante the victim in the courtroom on Wednesday. Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Melissa Marangola said the woman was thinking of changing her name after what she endured.
Traficante is accused of stalking earlier. From 2014 to 2015, with a other woman claimed that she was cyberstalked by Traficante, but he was not charged in that case.