SOUTHINGTON - A Meriden man has pleaded guilty to harassing a Southington resident, who works as a parole officer, threatening him by making an apparent gang affiliation reference.
Dominic Montalvo, 36, made multiple Facebook posts in January in which he made false allegations against the man, saying he sent inappropriate photos to a former girlfriend and used illegal substances, according to the arrest warrant.
On Wednesday in New Britain Superior Court, Montalvo accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to second-degree harassment and admitting to violating his probation. He is on probation for a protective order violation in 2017.
The deal Motalvo accepted includes a jail sentence of 90 days, suspended, and a year of conditional discharge. During that time, he has been ordered not to contact the victim. Montalvo was also continued on his probation.
According to the warrant, Montalvo, in his Facebook posts, said things like “people better start watching their backs” and that he had to make a “call to arms” to a group believed to be a possible gang to visit the parole officer because he needs to be “put down.” He also said the victim should be raped “for the rest of his breaths on earth,” the warrant said.
The victim told police he first interacted with Montalvo when he tried to contact a woman who used to be in a relationship with him. He said he was under the impression that they would be getting back together, but he received contact back from Montalvo, who claimed to be the woman’s new boyfriend.
The victim, a parole officer in New Haven, said he was made aware of Montalvo’s Facebook posts through a friend. Montalvo’s Facebook account was deleted by the time police were made aware of the complaint. A co-worker of the complainant reportedly had screenshots of some of the threatening posts, but the document does not indicate whether police had access to them during the investigation.
In exchange for his plea, charges of second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace were dropped. Before he was sentenced on Wednesday, Montalvo was asked if he wanted to say anything to the court.
“Yes, no more Facebook posts,” he replied.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.