Cyber terrorist to spend four years in prison for stalking his ex, mailing her drugs, putting her photos on prostitution sites and harassing her sorority to get revenge after she broke up with him
Thomas Traficante pled guilty to cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend and posting her information on prostitution sites, after she dumped him
Traficante, a 23-year-old college student, was accused of terrorizing the woman for a two month span, including hacking and skewering her test scores
The stalker allegedly sent his ex-girlfriend cocaine and meth, 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
About a dozen sisters in Sigma Kappa sorority at the State University College at Geneseo, New York received the text from him
He was arrested in Dec 2016 and charged with possessing illegal drugs
Traficante admitted sending drugs to the woman’s university address at the State University College at Geneseo, New York
Thomas Traficante of Long Island, New York, has been jailed for four years after posting his ex-girlfriend’s information on prostitution sites and mailing drugs to her college address then alerting authorities
US District Judge David Larimer said Traficante’s actions were ‘despicable.’
‘If you had a modicum of intelligence, you should know that what you did, repeatedly, was despicable,’ Larimer said.
Traficante and his girlfriend broke up shortly before the harassment started
On three occasions Traficante sent drugs, including cocaine and methamphetamines, to the young woman’s address at the State University College at Geneseo.
He then called police about the drugs in order to set her up.
She also showed officers texts from Traficante in which he threatened to share her personal information on a prostitution site if ‘she did something he strongly disagreed with.’
Desperate, spurned college student Thomas Traficante [photo], pled guilty to cyber terrorism and distribution of a controlled substance
Traficante then posted her phone number on backpage.com under a category known for prostitution solicitation.
She told authorities that she received more than 60 calls from men in the area asking for sex as a result. The victim also said her former boyfriend hacked into her Amazon account and sent her a book titled I’m Watching You.
He also hacked into her email, cellphone and social media accounts.
The woman also claimed Traficante gained access to her school account and took quizzes under her name, and failed on purpose.
Traficante also shot the victim’s parents’ home with a BB gun according to the Press & Democrat.
In the plea, Traficante also admitted to sending the victim a screen shot of her location and asking ‘where she was’.
He also admitted to sending ‘numerous threatening text messages to the victim and her classmates and her housemates.
Traficante sent the first threatening text message to his ex-girlfriend and her Sigma Kappa sorority sisters saying ‘its [sic] not safe out there tonight kappas [sic]’.
Another message read: ‘There are various people among different orgs who have hurt me. My plan is to hurt them.’
About a dozen Sigma Kappa sisters at the university told authorities they received the message. The sisters said they ended up changing their plans on November 10 and postponed their event after they received the text.
Authorities said at the time that Traficante sent another text about 24 hours later.
Traficante [Photo] seen in March after pleading guilty to charges stemming from the harassment, was arrested in Dec for allegedly terrorizing his ex-girlfriend and about a dozen of her Sigma Kappa sisters in Nov
Traficante posted her phone number on a website under a category known for prostitution solicitation. She told authorities that she received dozens of calls from men seeking sex
‘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.
At one point, Traficante reportedly used a device to alter his voice, telling the woman’s roommates ‘I’m in the house.’ The woman changed her cellphone number, but Traficante was able to find the new one and threaten her further, prosecutors said.
Traficante’s ex claimed the man gained access to her school account and took quizzes under her name, and failed on purpose.
Traficante and his girlfriend had broken up shortly before the harassment started. Officials said Traficante, who did not attend SUNY Geneseo, did most of the harassment from downstate.
University police checked on the telephone number that had a 585 Rochester-region area code, but found that it was generated by an online service and not linked to a mobile phone.
He was arrested in December and charged with cyberstalking and threats.
When Traficante sent his ex-girlfriend cocaine, he then alerted campus police to the shipment in hopes she would be arrested.
An affidavit from FBI Special Agent Barry Couch said at the time 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 the prostitution website. His ex-girlfriend said she received dozens of calls from men soliciting sex.
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.
Prosecutors say that this was not the first episode of harassment for Traficante.
“The investigation identified another victim who Traficante also subjected to similar digital harassment in 2014-2015 prior to harassing the current victim at SUNY Geneseo college,” the plea agreement states.
Traficante has not been accused of any crimes in that episode and no more information was available Thursday.
In the plea Traficante also admitted to once sending the victim a screen shot of her location and asking “where she was.” He acknowledged sending “numerous threatening text messages to the victim and her classmates and her housemates.”
Traficante’s lawyer, said they planned to appeal the sentencing.