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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New York Man Indicted for Cyberstalking FBI Agent

A grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Ronald Bergrin, 56, of New York, New York, with cyberstalking, threatening in retaliation, and threatening in an interstate communication, an FBI agent from on or about December 2012 through on or about December 18, 2014, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

On Dec. 18, 2014, Bergrin threatened to assault a federal law enforcement officer, sending an email from the Northern District of Ohio in which he wrote the following: “She thinks she’s living in a safe place. A place where nobody can find out where she lives and nobody could get her. I’m going to teach her that I could crush her like the bug she is…She will never sleep at night again. She will have nightmares,” according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian M. McDonough and Matthew Shepherd, following an investigation by agents of the Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Newark FBI.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Updated March 18, 2015