A Melbourne woman who cyber-stalked American Idol contestant Diana DeGarmo has been jailed for 26 months.
Tanya Maree Quattrocchi, 23, pleaded guilty to stalking the 2004 runner-up by hacking into her My Space account, intercepting her emails and those of her mother and flatmate between November 2007 and January 2009.
Victorian County Court Judge Lisa Hannan described Quattrocchi’s offending as serious, especially considering the most recent was committed after she had been placed on a community-based order for stalking Ms DeGarmo only six months earlier.
Judge Hannan said the faceless stalking affected every aspect of the victim’s life, and she had no way of feeling safe and was constantly vulnerable.
She sentenced Quattrocchi to 26 months jail with a non-parole period of 12 months.
She said she took into account Quattrocchi’s guilty plea, her intellectual impairment, which had been assessed as borderline, and her recent diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome.
Source: The Age