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Former Irondequoit cop pleads guilty to stalking

Former Irondequoit police officer William R. Rosica admitted to stalking his girlfriend Thursday in federal court.

Rosica, 51, pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and computer intrusion before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr. Rosica is facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each charge.

Between February 2016 and March 2017 Rosica carried out a relentless campaign to threaten and psychologically torture the victim and injure, harass and intimidate her, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Rosica used direct, indirect, and digital surveillance in a campaign of online abuse, physical stalking, and harassment aimed at destroying her life, prosecutors said.

Rosica created multiple fictitious email accounts and sent hundreds of harassing emails and text messages to the victim, her family, and her employer.  Rosica also directed and used other people to conduct physical surveillance of the victim and her family, which included people driving by the victim’s home and place of work and reporting their observations back to Rosica who used the information to harass the victim.

Rosica improperly used his position as a police officer to access law enforcement databases and other restricted online systems in order to obtain information on the victim and her family, prosecutors said.

After being arrested, Rosica made false statements to FBI Agents, prosecutors said. The investigation identified several other victims who were subjected to similar physical and digital harassment over several years before he started stalking the victim, the prosecution said.

Rosica is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 9.