North Georgia stalker sentenced for making bomb threat to church preschool

A North Georgia man was found guilty of threatening to bomb a church preschool after one employee refused to go on a date with him.

Vinh Bao Chau, 23, of Jasper, was sentenced Monday in federal court to three years behind bars and three years on probation, said Bob Page, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.

After the preschool employee turned down Chau for a date in 2017, he began to cyber-stalk her, Page said in a news release. He created fake social media accounts and used them to send her hundreds of messages threatening to kill and harm her in “gruesome ways.” He also repeatedly sent her text messages and called her.

Chau was arrested after he made a bomb threat March 7, 2017, causing the evacuation of the preschool, according to the release.

“Those who hide behind a computer screen to terrorize, intimidate and threaten other people using social media will be brought to justice,” U.S. Attorney Bjay Pak said.

Chau pleaded guilty in July.

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