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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Florida Man Is Sentenced To Prison For Cyberstalking

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. sentenced Jalon Carlos Torres, 43, of Boynton Beach, Florida, to 27 months in prison for cyberstalking and making interstate threats, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

Robert R. Wells, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Charlotte Division, joins U.S. Attorney King in making today’s announcement. 

According to filed documents and today’s court proceedings, from July 2020 to February 2021, Torres used various means of communication to cyberstalk a bank employee and her husband. The cyberstalking began after the bank employee, identified in documents as Jane Doe, informed Torres that his bank account would be closed due to unauthorized activity. Over the next eight months after the initial communication with Torres, the victim and her family endured a campaign of constant harassment and intimidation by the defendant, through dozens of telephone calls, voice mails, and text messages. These communications contained explicit and implicit threats to harm Jane Doe, her husband and her children, racial slurs, racist imagery including Nazi symbols, and pornographic imagery.

On October 1, 2021, Torres pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and two counts of making interstate threats. He is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked the FBI for their investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Warren of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte prosecuted the case.

                                   

Topic(s): 
Cybercrime
Updated March 22, 2022