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Citizen of India Sentenced to Prison for Emailing Rape Threat

June 10, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A citizen of India, has been sentenced in federal court to 18 months incarceration on his conviction of violating federal law, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Karthikeyan Natarajan, 27, of La Jolla, Calif.

According to information presented to the court, on April 5, 2013, Natarajan willfully transmitted a threat via interstate commerce to injure the person of another, that is, he sent a threat via computer electronic communications to an individual threatening to rape her.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Carnegie Mellon Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Natarajan.

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