A Nashville man was sentenced to three years in federal prison after using social media platforms to threaten, harass, and stalk several victims. United States Attorney Mark H. Wildasin said Barry Zarculia, 55, was initially arrested in November 2020 and was subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury on three counts of cyberstalking.
He later pleaded guilty to those charges in November 2021.
He posted hateful, racist, anti-black messages to his public boards, and threatened to place a gun in one of his victims’ mouths.
After receiving unsolicited messages on Instagram, Zarculia began sending violent, threatening texts to a woman who had never met him.
He eventually approached the woman at her local grocery store and began sending violent, threatening texts to her friend.
Officials added that another woman began receiving unsolicited Instagram messages from Zarculia in July 2020.
She was forced to take further safety measures, including installing a home security system and moving away from her house.
On numerous occasions, Zarculia would refer to her whereabouts, making it clear he had been following her and knew where she had been and where she lived.
In October, fearing for her safety, the woman obtained a temporary protective order against Zarculia. The next day, hiking at a local park, the woman saw Zarculia from afar. She then took refuge behind a large brush and asked a park ranger for help escorting her back to her car, as Zarculia began shouting at her.
Each of these victims was forced to take further safety measures, including installing or upgrading a home security system and moving away from her house, to lessen the threat Zarculia presented.