A Herndon man was sentenced to one year in prison last week for cyberstalking a woman in New York for more than three years.
Brandon Theresa, 21, used the woman’s online accounts without her permission, created fake accounts using her name and sent information from her account in order to embarrass her, according to court documents.
Investigators said that when the victim tried to cut off communication with Theresa, the man made U.S. Postal Service delivery accounts in the names of her friends and family to receive updates on the victim’s activities and the people in her life.
“He used this information to track down the victim, using anonymizing technologies that made it difficult for the victim to block the communications,” according to a release by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
He continued to stalk the victim until federal authorities searched his home after receiving a search warrant in December last year.
Investigators believe Theresa stalked the woman between May 2015 and December 2018.