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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 2, 2017

Irondequoit Police Officer Charged With Cyber Stalking His Ex-Girlfriend

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that William Robert Rosica, 50, of Irondequoit NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with stalking and unlawful access to a protected computer. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, following the victim (L.M.) decision to end a three-year relationship with Rosica in February 2016, the defendant set out on nearly a year-long campaign to harass and torment the woman.  Between March 2016 and February 28, 2017, the defendant targeted the victim with a barrage of harassing text messages, phone calls, and emails. In addition, the victim's work email account and online medical system had numerous unauthorized access attempts. Rosica also targeted the victim's ex-husband and co-workers.

The defendant made an initial appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman and is being held pending a detention hearing on March 3, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen, and New York State Police under the direction of Major Richard Allen.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated March 2, 2017