ADENA, Ohio (WJW) — An eastern Ohio man has been sentenced to prison in a cyberstalking case that included using a GPS system to track the victim’s whereabouts.
According to court documents, Michael Bertolino, Jr., now 35, placed a GPS tracker on the victim’s car and kept a record of it on his computer.
He also sent the victim disturbing images from Google Earth to show that he was following them at all times.
Investigators say Bertolino created social media accounts to post derogatory comments on the victim’s accounts, as well as the accounts of family and friends.
One such Facebook account, for example, had explicit photos of the victim as its profile picture, according to court documents.
Investigators say Bertolino sent the victim thousands of messages from what appeared to be 19 different phone numbers. In some of those messages, investigators say he threatened to kill the suspect or post compromising photos of them online.
The incident happened throughout 2020.
He was also convicted of two other federal charges.
According to court documents, Bertolino conspired with others to rob a drug dealer at gunpoint in Cadiz, Ohio.
After arranging a meeting via SnapChat, court documents indicate that Bertonlino stole a half-pound of marijuana and 50 cartridges of THC from them.
According to investigators, Bertonlino fired at the ground near the victim’s head during the robbery.
In July 2021, Bertolino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, discharging a firearm during a crime of drug trafficking, and cyberstalking.
He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
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