United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that Brandon L. Swenson, 34, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced today in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 30 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for stalking. In addition to serving his time in federal prison, Swenson will be required to serve 3 years of supervised release.
Between approximately 2012 through June 2019, Swenson assumed a fictitious on-line persona and developed a relationship with his victim. Swenson sent text messages and videos to the victim and received messages and videos back from the victim. In the course of the online relationship, Swenson and the victim used electronic communication systems and various Internet-based texting services, which are facilities of interstate and foreign commerce, to transmit messages. Ultimately, Swenson sent threatening text messages to the victim with the intent to harass and intimidate her.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.