U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Charles Regalbuto, 27, of New York City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to cyberstalking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that beginning in October 2014, the defendant sent multiple text messages to the Victim, threatening to publish naked photographs of the Victim on various social media websites. In one text message, Regalbuto stated: “I’ll ruin your life the way you ruined mine.” The defendant also sent a threatening text stating that he would kill the Victim and himself.
In 2017, without permission to do so, Regalbuto posted the naked photographs of the Victim on social media sites, resulting in multiple internet users seeing the photos along with the Victim’s name associated with the photos. Several individuals contacted the Victim after seeing the photos and asked if the Victim was the person in the photos, causing the Victim emotional distress.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Robert Guyton.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 5, 2020, before Judge Siragusa.