March 02, 2017 04:53 PM
An Irondequoit police officer has been arrested, and is now facing charges for cyberstalking.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged William Rosica, age 50, with stalking and unlawful access to a protected computer. He faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted.
According to a criminal complaint, prosecutors say Rosica launched a "year-long campaign to harass and torment" his ex-girlfriend after she ended a three-year relationship.
Prosecutors say, "Between March 2016 and February 28, 2017, the defendant targeted the victim with a barrage of harassing text messages, phone calls, and emails. In addition, the victim's work email account and online medical system had numerous unauthorized access attempts. Rosica also targeted the victim's ex-husband and co-workers."
Rosica was arraigned Thursday morning on the charges.
Statement from Irondequoit Police Department
The federal charges brought today against a member of the Irondequoit Police Department are very troubling. Public officials, including our sworn police officers, must be held to a higher ethical and moral standard. However, the conduct outlined in the complaint is offensive and abusive by any means of assessment.
We will await the results of the criminal proceeding. In the interim, we have commenced the disciplinary actions necessary to place Officer Rosica on unpaid administrative leave.
We reaffirm that the Irondequoit Police Department is comprised of men and women dedicated to serving their community with the utmost integrity. Furthermore, we have been proud to collectively stand up against domestic abuse, and will continue to do so.
Updated: March 02, 2017 04:53 PM
Created: March 02, 2017 03:46 PM
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