Out of state man indicted for stalking local victim
HOUSTON – A 45-year-old Colorado man has been charged with threatening a woman with releasing sexually explicit images unless she moved with him across the country, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Moses Cano was originally charged by criminal complaint. Today, the grand jury returned the indictment. He is is expected to appear for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison in the near future.
The complaint alleges Cano and the victim dated for a brief amount of time. At the end of that relationship, Cano made threats to her if she did not agree to come to Colorado with him, according to the charges. The victim allegedly refused. In retaliation, according to the complaint, he then sent sexually explicit images of the victim to her place of employment and several of her friends. He took over her Facebook account and used it to send the images and other messages to her contacts, according to the charges. He also allegedly posted a sexually-explicit video of the victim to a well-known adult pornography site.
In distress, the victim contacted authorities.
If convicted, Cano faces up to five years in federal prison and a 250,000 maximum possible fine.
Cano made his initial appearance Feb. 22, following the filing of the complaint. At that time, he was ordered to remain in custody pending further criminal proceedings.
The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of and Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sherri L. Zack is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.