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Newton man sentenced to prison for cyberstalking, hoax bomb threats, distributing child porn

A Newton man was sentenced in federal court in Boston on Wednesday to more than 17 years in prison for conducting a cyberterror campaign in 2017 in which he tormented his 25-year-old former roommate, made more than 100 hoax bomb threats, and distributed child pornography to seven individuals, prosecutors said.

Ryan S. Lin, 25, described in court papers as a computer genius, pleaded guilty in April to seven counts of cyberstalking, five counts of distribution of child pornography, nine counts of making hoax bomb threats, three counts of computer fraud and abuse, and one count of aggravated identity theft, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.

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He was also sentenced to five years of supervised release, the statement said.

From May, 2017, until his arrest in October, Lin hacked his former roommate’s online accounts, stole and distributed private information of her “medical, psychological, and sexual history” to hundreds of people, and posted false online profiles in her name that “solicited rape fantasies,” officials said.

Lin was also reported to law enforcement there were bombs at the woman’s home in Waltham and created a fake social media profile of her roommate, which he posted to saying he was going to “shoot up” a Waltham school, authorities said.

“These threats became part of a prolonged pattern of threats in Waltham, and eventually in surrounding towns,” prosecutors said.

Lin also sent pornographic images of “prepubescent” children to the woman’s mother, her roommate, her friend, two of his former classmates in New York, and two of his roommates in Newton, officials said.


Jackson Cote can be reached at jackson.cote@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.