June 21, 2017 11:22 PM
New court documents contain new, troubling accusations against the former Irondequoit police officer accused of stalking a woman.
William Rosica resigned from the Irondequoit Police Department in May after his March arrest for cyberstalking. New documents recently released shed more details on the case. The release of the documents comes as Rosica seeks to be released from detention.
Prosecutors accuse Rosica "a non-stop sadistic campaign of terror and psychological torture intended to kill, injure, harass, and intimidate" his ex-girlfriend after she ended their three-year relationship in February 2016.
According to the court docs, the victim started receiving anonymous emails, text messages and phone calls within a month of the break-up. Prosecutors say the emails referenced the victim's relationship with Rosica and "were often obscene." The messages soon became "more aggressive and hostile around May 2016 when the victim broke off all contact with Rosica."
At the same time, prosecutors say Rosica contacted the victim using his normal email account.
Prosecutors say, "In many of these communications, Rosica would make similar comments or refer to similar topics as those in the anonymous harassing emails. He would also comment on the victim’s medical history and his belief that she had mental health problems."
In August of 2016, prosecutors say Rosica threatened the victim in person: "I am at a cross-roads. Either I let you walk away and we live our separate lives or short of killing you, I destroy every aspect of your life. You tell me what I should do.”
A week later, they say Rosica sent an email: "“...And with regard to our last conversation in the park, I still remain at a cross-roads. I must protect my better interests."
In September, the victim started getting messages that someone was trying to access her cell phone account. Prosecutors say along with her personal accounts, someone also attempted to hack the victim's work account.
Speaking with the victim, Rosica claimed he was experiencing the same problem with his phone account, claiming a woman named "Katy Jones" was responsible.
Prosecutors say "Katy Jones" was actually Rosica and he used that identity to continue to harass the victim and her family.
At one point, Rosica forwarded an email from "Katy Jones" to the victim which contained an image of the victim's vehicle and a message asking why it was parked at the victim's ex-husband's home.
In the same email, prosecutors write that Rosica questioned the victim's mental health and criticized her past health issues/treatment. "You are pathetic, PSYCHO, a LIAR, and the MOST untrustworthy person I have ever met... What would your son think of his mother being suicidal? That is where you are headed. You have created such messes in your life that you will end up having no other option.”
Prosecutors say Rosica used fake emails to try and get the victim fired from her job. FBI investigators say they were able to trace emails back to Rosica.
Perhaps the most disturbing allegations, prosecutors say Rosica tried to get the victim to kill herself. They say she received text messages from Rosica, using anonymous accounts, with links to sites with tips for committing suicide.
One read: "The 7 easiest and best ways to commit suicide."
Investigators claim outside of the online harassment, Rosica also stalked the victim, staking out near the victim's home and tried to have other police officers to watch the victim.
Prosecutors say, "To their credit, none of the Police Officers he approached did so. In fact, they reported his suspicious requests to their Patrol Sergeant who confronted Rosica by phone and told him to have no further contact with these officers. Rosica responded to this conversation with 'are we on a recorded line.'"
Prosecutors also say, along with her phone and email accounts, Rosica also tried to access her medical records as well.
Protecting yourself online
We spoke with Nick Francesco, retired RIT professor who now refers to himself at the PC guru, about the allegations.
"As a police officer, he has access to tools that the average person doesn't have," he said. "There are tools that are available that can be used for cyberstalking, they're designed to catch criminals."
Court documents say Rosica used direct, indirect and digital surveillance in a focused campaign of online abuse, physical stalking and harassment to destroy every aspect of the victim's life. The newly released court papers say Rosica sent the victim multiple obscene emails from fake email addresses.
"You do have to have a certain amount of expertise, but not a lot and many people have and it's out there on the internet," says Francesco. "If you know the right way to use Google, you can find all this stuff out there. So the best thing to do is be vigilant."
Created: June 21, 2017 11:22 PM
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