Ansonia man gets suspended sentence after hacking Plainville woman's Instagram account to send provocative photo, start rumor

Published on Monday, 2 November 2020 16:38


PLAINVILLE - An Ansonia man who police say harassed and stalked a Plainville woman, hacking her Instagram account to send a provocative photo and start a rumor about her, has been given a fully suspended jail sentence.

Jeffrey Behrmann, 32, received the sentence during a hearing last week in New Britain Superior Court. He pleaded guilty at a prior proceeding to one felony count of first-degree stalking. He had previously been also charged with an additional stalking count and one count each of second-degree harassment, first-degree criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct, but those charges were not pursued.

Behrmann has been sentenced to 54 months in prison, suspended, and three years of probation, according to judicial records.

Behrmann, who was arrested on June 8, 2019, hacked a Plainville woman’s Instagram account and used it to send a provocative photo to someone, posing as the victim and spreading a rumor about her that she had a sexually transmitted disease, according to the police report.

He also used her house key to get into her home and leave her love letters after their relationship had ended, the report said. Upon being told by police to stay away from the woman, investigators wrote in the report, Behrmann returned to her home and left plants and other items on the back porch.

According to the police report, the victim ended her relationship with Behrmann after finding out that he had previously been arrested for possession of child pornography.

According to court documents, he was arrested in 2016 for possession of child pornography and other charges. This arrest came after he allegedly posted nude photos to the Internet of an ex-girlfriend, a Bristol woman, from when she was 15 years old.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Monday, 2 November 2020 16:38. Updated: Monday, 2 November 2020 16:40.