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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Georgia

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Monday, November 25, 2019

North Georgia man sentenced for cyberstalking and making a bomb threat to a preschool

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - Vinh Bao Chau has been sentenced for communicating a bomb threat to a church preschool, cyberstalking of a woman who refused to date him, and interstate communication of a threat.

“Those who hide behind a computer screen to terrorize, intimidate and threaten other people using social media will be brought to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “The fact that this defendant called in a bomb threat which resulted in the evacuation of a church preschool is particularly appalling.”

“This case is a testament to the value of federal partnerships with state and local law enforcement; all of whom are committed to bringing those to justice who seek to strike fear into communities through the use of terroristic threats.  The defendant in this case made a threat to destroy a preschool with an improvised explosive device, and persistently cyberstalked and threatened a victim in multiple jurisdictions,” said acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Hammer, who oversees HSI operations in Georgia and Alabama.

“This prosecution is a great example of local, state and federal authorities working together to seek justice for Georgia citizens. This investigation spanned two judicial circuits in North Georgia, and we are grateful for the cooperation among investigators and prosecutors which led to this successful result,” said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: In February of 2017, Vinh Bao Chau began a campaign of terrorizing and harassing a local woman after he was rejected for a date.  Chau created fake social media accounts, which he then used to send hundreds of messages to the victim threatening to kill her and harm her in gruesome ways.  He also harassed her through repeated telephone calls and text messages.  Chau then called in a bomb threat on March 7, 2017, to the victim's place of employment, a church preschool.  The investigation revealed Chau was the perpetrator of both the harassing messages and bomb threat, and was then arrested.

Vinh Bao Chau, 23, of Jasper, Georgia, has been sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story to three years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.  Chau has been convicted on these charges on July 8, 2019, after he pleaded guilty.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Gordon County Sheriff's Office, Pickens County Sheriff's Office, and Jasper Police Department investigated this case.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura D. Pfister prosecuted the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia is http://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Updated November 25, 2019