Former Irondequoit, NY Cop Sentenced To Five Years For Cyberstalking
The Democrat and Chronicle reports that when first interviewed by the FBI, William Rosica claimed innocence. His former girlfriend received emails from Katy Jones. Rosica’s proof of his innocence was showing FBI agents that Katy Jones also sent him a load of emails. Rosica claimed that Katy Jones was sending emails to him to warn him that his former girlfriend was surveilling him.
“Please be careful,” read one of the Katy Jones emails to Rosica. “She is very devious and wants to ruin you. She thinks you’re with someone else.”
As the agents suspected, Rosica was using the name Katy Jones when sending the emails to his former girlfriend and himself.
“Between February 2016 and March 2017, defendant William Rosica subjected the victim to a nonstop sadistic campaign of terror and psychological torture intended to kill, injure, harass, and intimidate her”.
Federal prosecutors alleged that Rosica enlisted other police to surveil his former girlfriend; had other individuals use disposable “burner” phones to pass information onto him about her whereabouts; had someone rummage through the woman’s trash; and surreptitiously secured information about her television viewing that he then used “to show that he knew her every move”.
According to court paperwork, William Rosica made nearly 1400 calls in the 40 days before he was arrested, including calls to the victim’s work and the pharmacy his former girlfriend used. Rosica harassed his former girlfriend with hundreds of emails and texts messages, tried to goad her into suicide (believing she was already emotionally fragile), worked to convince her employer that she was mentally ill, and even sent her roses at work that he staged as if sent from a mental health center.
Also according to court paperwork, Rosica previously harassed at least 6 other women. One woman known as “Mary” told 13Wham Local that others might have been spared if her case had been acted on 9 years ago.
U.S. District Judge Frank Geraci Jr. sentenced the 51-year old Rosica to the maximum sentence of 5 years in prison for his campaign of cyberstalking, physically stalking, and harassing his former girlfriend. After his release from prison, Rosica will be on federal probation supervision for 3 years, with the first year being home confinement and electronic monitoring. The court also ordered Rosica to seek mental health treatment.
“The facts in this case read like a bad horror movie,” Judge Geraci said. “It was really a tale of torture for this woman.”
“Katy Jones was an elaborate and well-planned alibi” for Rosica, Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Gestring said at the sentencing. “All of (the emails) support how he was going to use Katy Jones as an escape valve.”
In a statement, Town Supervisor Dave Seeley and Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo stated,
“Mr. Rosica not only inflicted terrible emotional pain onto his victim, he abused his position as a police officer to do so. His actions do not represent the four dozen sworn officers of the Irondequoit Police Department, who serve with dignity and protect our community from terrible domestic abuse like this.”
Rosica has indicated that he will live with his current girlfriend once out of prison.
“If I were her, I would run away as quickly as I can,” Judge Geraci said.
(Cross posted on Stop Cyber Abuse)