Spurned man from Long Island, New York, ‘tried to set his ex up with drugs, posted her profile on prostitution websites and sent threatening messages to her sorority sisters after they broke up’
Thomas Traficante engaged allegedly threatened ex-girlfriend and her sorority
Traficante, 23, has been accused of terrorizing the woman since Nov 2017, including hacking her test scores
About a dozen sisters in Sigma Kappa sorority at the State University College at Geneseo, New York received the text from him
Traficante allegedly sent his ex-girlfriend cocaine, then alerted campus police to the shipment in hopes she would be arrested
University police also linked Traficante to the harassing messages to the sorority sisters after subpoenaing information about the phone number, which was then traced to his home address
He is charged with cyberstalking and threats of violence
A New York man has been arrested for allegedly terrorizing his ex-girlfriend and nearly a dozen of her sorority sisters after they broke up.
Thomas Traficante of Long Island [right], was arrested last month for allegedly terrorizing his ex-girlfriend and about a dozen of her Sigma Kappa sisters iat the end of last year.
Authorities allege that Traficante, 23, sent the first threatening text message to his ex-girlfriend and her Sigma Kappa sorority sisters on November 10.
‘its [sic] not safe out there tonight kappas [sic],’ the message read.
According to the Democrat and Chronicle, about a dozen Sigma Kappa sisters at the State University College at Geneseo told authorities they received the message.
The women had to shelve their plans on November 10 and postponed their event after they received the text, they said.
Authorities allege that Traficante then sent another text about 24 hours later.
‘glad [sic] you all mostly took my advice last night, but moving it forward one night doesn’t make kappas [sic] or their dates any safer. I mean no harm, im [sic] not the threat, but harm is coming,’ the message read.
The suspect and his girlfriend had broken up shortly before the alleged harassment started – Traficante, who was not enrolled at the university, was allegedly behind several incidents of harassment after their tumultuous breakup in October.
Campus police tracking the telephone number involved in the texting which had a 585 Rochester-region area code, discovered that it was generated by an online service and not linked to an actual mobile phone.
Thomas Traficante [photo], is charged with cyberstalking and threats, for allegedly sending threatening text messages to his ex-girlfriend and her Sigma Kappa sorority sisters. He followed up by posting her profile on a prostitution website
Traficante also allegedly sent his ex-girlfriend cocaine, then alerted campus police to the shipment in hopes she would be arrested.
He also is accused of hacking her test scores so she would receive a zero and posting her contact info on a prostitution site, Newsday reported.
He was arrested in December and charged with cyberstalking and threats, and is scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday Jan 16, for a bail hearing.
According to the Chronicle, federal prosecutors want him to stay jailed as he awaits trial.
An affidavit from FBI Special Agent Barry Couch said that ‘local police searched the sorority members’ house and reported the sorority sisters were extremely concerned and scared for their safety after receiving a text that read: ‘I’m in the house.’
Within a week after calls and texts, Traficante’s former girlfriend discovered that someone had posted her contact information on a prostitution website.
The woman said she received dozens of calls from men soliciting sex, according to the Chronicle.
Within a week after calls and texts, Traficante’s former girlfriend discovered that someone had posted her contact information on a prostitution website. The Sigma Kappa sisters said they were rattled by the numerous texts
Officials said Traficante, who is not a student at SUNY Geneseo, did most of the harassment from downstate.
On November 20, someone shot a BB gun at the window of Traficante’s family home in Long Island.
Nassau County police approached Traficante, who denied the threats and the shooting, but said ‘he was seeing a therapist due to the breakup with victim,’ court papers said.
But Traficante’s former girlfriend was convinced that he was somehow involved with the harassment.
In early December, university police subpoenaed information about the telephone number that was the source of the texts and were led to Traficante’s Long Island home address.
The FBI found a semiautomatic AR-15, one that he legally owned, during a search of his home, according to media reports.
Federal prosecutors are trying to make the case that Traficante is both dangerous and a flight risk, likely to flee if released on bail.