A San Fernando Valley man pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal criminal charges, including cyberstalking two sisters by sending them text messages that threatened them with rape and murder.
Alex Roberts, 27, of Chatsworth, pleaded guilty to one count of cyberstalking, and — in a separate case brought by federal prosecutors in Macon, Georgia, but transferred to Los Angeles — also pleaded guilty to one count of stalking, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
According to his plea agreement, in July and August 2020, Roberts used text messages and internet communications to place the two victims “in reasonable fear of death and serious bodily injury,” and that he intended to cause “substantial emotional distress.”
U.S. District Judge AndrÃ© Birotte Jr. scheduled a Dec. 16 sentencing hearing, at which time Roberts will face up to five years in federal prison for each count.
In the Los Angeles case, after Roberts was told by the victim and her family that she did not want to communicate with him, he created a listing on Craigslist that offered a room for rent at her home and invited prospective renters to “stop by anytime,” according to the indictment.
He also sent anonymous text messages to a friend of the victim that demanded her phone number, threatened to publish nude photographs of the woman, and threatened to send someone to rape the victim, court papers show. He also threatened the victim’s sister.
Information about a possible motive was not immediately available.
In the Georgia case, Roberts claimed to possess nude images of the 15-year-old victim and threatened to send the images to her parents as “payback” if she did not send additional nude images, according to prosecutors.