Former Irondequoit cop sentenced to 5 years in prison for stalking

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The former Irondequoit police officer who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

William Rosica was arrested last March for the crimes. He will also serve three years of probation.

The judge in this case believes William Rosica is a “sick man” and needs to seek help. The victim released a written statement to the courts and says her life has been ruined.

Prosecutors said he harassed his ex-girlfriend with anonymous phone calls, emails and text messages.

Using a burner phone, over the course of a month, investigators said Rosica made nearly 1,400 calls to his ex, her employer, and her ex-husband among others.

According to court documents, Rosica questioned his ex-girlfriend’s mental status and send her tips on how to kill herself.

Rosica was fired as a police officer following his arrest.

Joint statement from Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley and Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo

“Today’s sentencing of former Irondequoit Police Officer William Rosica represents justice, and we applaud the United States Attorney’s Office for their work to secure this conviction.

Mr. Rosica not only inflicted terrible emotional pain onto his victim, he abused his position as a police officer to do so. His actions do not represent the four dozen sworn officers of the Irondequoit Police Department, who serve with dignity and protect our community from terrible domestic abuse like this. Mr. Rosica’s crimes run in direct conflict with the oath of office taken by every police officer.

We applaud the victim who came forward to confront her attacker, and we recognize how brave she is for having done so. Let this conviction give hope to other victims that they are not alone in this fight. They have the law on their side. Moreover, they have the support of their entire community and we stand ready to support other victims confronted with such evil and cruelty.”  

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