CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that David Guest, 24 of Hilton, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with stalking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in 2019, Guest began to threaten and harass an acquaintance (Victim) through various social media accounts. Guest posted nude photographs of the Victim to various pornography websites using the Victim’s full name. Guest also sent the nude photographs to among others, the Victim’s family members, colleagues, former classmates, and friends. In addition, Guest used fake online accounts in an attempt to get the Victim to produce additional sexually explicit content. As a result of Guest’s conduct, the Victim has continued to receive unwanted communications from other individuals who received the photographs, causing the Victim extreme emotional distress.
Guest made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and is being held pending a detention hearing on February 18, 2022.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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