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El Paso Man Pleads Guilty to Cyberstalking Ex-Girlfriend

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

EL PASO, Texas – An El Paso man pleaded guilty in federal court today to one count of cyberstalking.

According to court documents, Rashad Marquise Ray, 24, engaged in a course of conduct in which he sent numerous harassing messages to an out-of-state ex-girlfriend and her immediate family using several social media applications between Jan. 1, 2022 and July 26, 2023. On two occasions, FBI agents interviewed Ray and advised him to stop communicating with the victim. Following an interview with the agents in June 2023, in which he claimed he would voluntarily cease communications efforts with the victim, Ray sent approximately 200 more emails to the victim in less than one month. Ray was arrested Aug. 2, 2023 and has remained in federal custody.

Ray faces up to five years in prison with a maximum fine of $250,000. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza of the Western District of Texas made the announcement.

The FBI is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Valenzuela is prosecuting the case.


Updated January 11, 2024