A 27-year-old La Habra man was convicted Wednesday of stalking and harassing several young women, some of whom he met while a student at Fullerton College.
Dominic Luis Magdaleno was convicted of two counts each of criminal threats and stalking and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, all felonies, along with two counts of annoying phone calls and one count of repeated annoying phone calls, all misdemeanors.
Jurors deadlocked on two counts of felony stalking.
Deputy District Attorney Ray Gennawey characterized Magdaleno as a “sexual stalker” who harassed seven women.
“Since 2014 he has preyed on young girls, and sent them thousands and thousands of unsolicited messages,” Gennawey wrote in a court filing. “He watched them on campus, and used social media to torment them. He threatened to follow them home, rape them, and kill them. He threatened them with images of guns and lynching.”
Magdaleno mined personal information from social media to “use it against” his victims, the prosecutor said.
“He was relentless in his pursuit, and placed these young women in fear for their lives,” Gennawey said.
The stalking started when he was paired up with a classmate at Fullerton College on a project, the prosecutor said. Their professor made the students exchange contact information, which the defendant used to stalk the classmate, Gennawey said.
“And then he found more young girls on social media to victimize,” the prosecutor said. “When they blocked his messages, he created new accounts from which to contact them. He only ceased stalking them on social media when he was incarcerated, and, even then, he continued to send handwritten letters from jail.”
The women ranged in age from 18 to 23, the prosecutor said.
Magdaleno, who was arrested in December 2017, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 13 at the West Justice Center in Westminster.
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