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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Theodore Loria, 53, of Irondequoit, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to cyberstalking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that between June 2017 and August 2019, the defendant stalked an individual (Victim) causing substantial emotional distress.
In 2017, Loria sent the Victim threatening text messages via cellular telephone. The defendant also sent a series of text messages, pretending to be a member of a local police department, stating that the Victim was an “enemy” of law enforcement and that he knew where all of Victim’s family members lived. Loria texted the Victim the correct addresses of family members.
In December 2018, the defendant texted the Victim anonymously stating he knew where the Victim lived and everything about the Victim’s minor child, even providing details about the child’s school location, appearance, and the location of the child’s bedroom in the home.
In February 2019, Loria conducted physical surveillance of the Victim by driving by the Victim’s residence and business multiple times. In August 2019, the Victim observed the defendant following the Victim in his vehicle.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Assistant Director Marlin Ritzman, and the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief La’Ron Singletary.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 12, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.
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