Sunday, August 25, 2019
The Department of Justice announced on Thursday, August 1, 2019, that Blair Strouse of Warminster, PA would be sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment. Strouse was found guilty for cyberstalking his estranged wife.
The defendant began correspondence online with a Brazilian citizen in February 2015. The woman eventually travelled to the United States to work for a company. Ultimately, the position did not work out and the woman moved to Pennsylvania in August 2016 to be with the defendant. Shortly thereafter, the defendant began mistreating the woman and began a persistent campaign of threatening and harassing her and her family.
The defendant was said to have sent dozens of electronic communications from his home to his wife’s family members repeatedly threatening to kill and inflict injury. A judge in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas issued a ‘protection from abuse order’ against the defendant in February 2017. Strouse continued to send harassing messages and stated that his purpose in life was to make members of his estranged wife’s family suffer.
U.S. Attorney McSwain stated, “threats like these made in any manner, whether via electronic communications or otherwise, are taken very seriously by my Office” . . . [and] “if you threaten serious bodily injury or even death over the internet, that is a federal crime with consequences.”
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