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Prior felon arrested for cyberstalking previous victim

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Daniel Richter, 45, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with cyberstalking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Rudroff, who is handling the case, stated that, for a short time in 2002, Richter sent bizarre emails to and followed a victim he was acquainted with at the University at Buffalo. In 2007, Richter started sending post-cards with strange messages to the victim and leaving harassing voice-mail messages on her work phone. On April 23, 2008, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office arrested Richter, and he pleaded guilty to Stalking in the Fourth Degree, and was given a fine and an Order of Protection was issued against Richter.

In 2018, Richter renewed unwanted communications, via phone calls and emails, with the victim. In September 2020, he was convicted of interstate communication of threat to injure and sentenced to serve 24 months in federal prison. In December 2023, after completing his term of supervised release for his federal conviction, Richter once again renewed his attempts to contact the victim. Between December 25 and February 6, 2024, the victim received approximately 94 voice messages from Richter. In addition, between February 6, 2024, and his arrest today, Richter sent over 600 emails to the victim, which include incoherent rambling and sexual and/or threatening comments directed at the victim. In one of those emails, Richter stated that he would travel to Western New York to see her personally on March 28th. Law enforcement located Richter this morning at a hotel an Amherst, NY, after he had flown to Buffalo from Los Angeles, California. In Richter’s hotel room, investigators recovered a photograph of the victim, the victim’s contact information, a ski mask, and hair dye.     

Richter made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was held pending a detention hearing on April 4, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Filicetti, and Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia.

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.

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Barbara Burns


Updated March 28, 2024