Albuquerque man sentenced to four years and nine months in prison for cyberstalking, online threats and identity theft | USAO-NM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Mark Christopher Arnold, 39, of Albuquerque, was sentenced in federal court on February 9 to four years and nine months in prison for interstate threat communication, cyberstalking, unauthorized computer access in connection with cyberstalking and aggravated identity theft. Arnold pleaded guilty to a four-count indictment on July 14, 2020.

According to the indictment and other court records, Arnold and the victim were involved in a relationship from 2016 until 2018, when the victim ended the relationship after an incident in which Arnold pointed a loaded gun on her. The victim obtained a restraining order against Arnold in 2019. Between April 10, 2019 and June 10, 2019, Arnold sent over 700 messages, including numerous threats and statements of harassment to the victim.

In May 2019, the victim closed his Facebook account, but created a new account under a different last name around March 2020 and did not share the new account with Arnold. Between May 22, 2020 and May 24, 2020, she received several security warnings from Facebook, including that her password had been reset and that the account had been accessed from another location. On May 23, 2020, Arnold messaged her that she had left her passwords on her computer and that he had read her messages. He also left a voicemail in which he admitted to accessing his account.

On May 23, 2022, Arnold created a new Facebook account under the same name as the victim’s account and used it to message the victim. Around the same time, Arnold began using his own Facebook account to send messages to the victim’s friends that included links to private videos of the victim. Arnold had uploaded the videos under an account name very similar to the victim’s Facebook account. The videos were posted without the victim’s consent.

Upon his release from prison, Arnold will be subject to three years of probation.

The FBI field office in Albuquerque investigated the case. Assistant United States Attorney Paul Mysliwiec prosecuted the case.

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