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02-15-2016, 10:37 AM
http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2016/02/ex-google-worker-to-be-sentenced-today-for-boob-study-scam-targeting-ut-dallas-students.html/

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Ex-Google worker sentenced to more than three years for breast study scam

SHERMAN — A University of Texas at Dallas alum who pleaded guilty to running a breast study scam and threatening to publish a former classmate’s topless pictures if she didn’t send him more explicit photographs, was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in federal prison.

Nicholas Joseph Rotundo must also register as a sex offender when he gets out. The sentence, from U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, exceeded the sentencing guidelines.

Rotundo, 24, of Dallas was charged in 2014 with two counts of cyberstalking and one count of intrusion in the Eastern District of Texas. He pleaded guilty in August to one count of cyberstalking, court records show.

Before learning his sentence, Rotundo read a long, rambling statement in which he apologized to his victims and said he was unable to consider the consequences of his actions.

He said counseling and medication for his attention deficit disorder has helped him “gain insight” to his actions.

“A large part of my brain shut down,” he said.:rolleyes:

When Mazzant asked him why he did it, Rotundo said he could not give a straightforward answer but that isolation and “control issues” contributed.

“I wasn’t very socialized as a child,” he said.

Rotundo emailed women beginning in 2013 and asked them to participate in a “Breast Perception Study” he was conducting. He told them they would receive $8,500 to participate, authorities said. Participants had to send Rotundo photos of their breasts to be considered for the study.

Rotundo, a former Google employee, graduated from UT-Dallas in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science degree in management information systems, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He was arrested while headed to London on a Google project, court records show.

The criminal complaint identifies only one victim, but authorities have said Rotundo received inappropriate videos and photos from four former and current students.

One victim emailed him photos and an application in December 2013. The following month, Rotundo sent her an email from a different account with one of her photos.

In that email, Rotundo said, “I’ve stumbled across some pictures of you. The type that I would hate for anybody else to see, and I can make sure that nobody else does.” He asked for five “in-focus, high-resolution” photos of her various body parts and a video, records show.

Rotundo sent her several emails from January to September 2014, demanding that she send the images or he would post her nude photos, according to court records.

His emails “became more threatening and aggressive the longer the victim did not comply” with his demands, court records said.

“I know you saw this,” one September 2015 email said. “You have 24 hours to send all of the aforementioned pics or you might find something you don’t like” on Pink Meth, a revenge porn website.

Rotundo’s defense attorney, Philip Hayes, asked for leniency for his client, noting that he has no prior criminal history.

He said Rotundo met with FBI agents in September 2015 and explained the “technical details of committing this offense.” He also agreed to participate in an FBI study on cyber crimes, Hayes said in court papers.

Hayes said his client’s work for Google was a “dream job gone forever.” He said Rotundo is immature and has a psychiatric disorder that diminishes his ability to “suppress socially unacceptable actions.”

A licensed sex offender treatment provider hired by the defense said Rotundo has “interpersonal struggles with women.”