SAN FRANCISCO — A Brentwood woman who pleaded guilty to cyberstalking and harassing teenagers over a three-year period has been sentenced to just more than three years in federal prison, authorities said.
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria sentenced Ramajana Demirovic, 47, to 37 months in prison. Demirovic pleaded guilty to her crimes on Aug. 4, 2022. The sentencing was announced in a statement by Stephanie Hinds, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California.
In her plea agreement, Demirovic admitted to sending hundreds of communications to the teen boys that were “malicious, deceptive or abusive,” Hinds said. The communications were intended to sabotage personal relationships, social reputations, academic life and work prospects for the intended victims, Hinds said.
In all, Hinds said Demirovic pleaded guilty to seven counts of cyberstalking and an eighth count of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking. She also admitted her daughter conspired with her, and that the main targets of the crimes were people with whom her daughter had broken relationships.
“In each case, after the relationship ended, Demirovic engaged in a campaign to punish the victims,” Hinds wrote in her statement. Demirovic victimized four people, she said.
According to Hinds, Demirovic’s daughter briefly dated two of the victims in 2016. Demirovic sent vicious text messages to the second of those victims and threatened to seek a restraining order against him that would prejudice his college applications, Hinds said. She also lied to his employer, contacted administrators at his school and created Instagram spoof accounts that used his name and images.
Hinds said Demirovic claimed the victim was physically abusive, using drugs and drinking too much. The harassment caused the victim to quit his job.
According to Hinds, the first victim was a 14-year-old who dated Demirovic’s daughter for a few days in February 2016. Hinds said Demirovic admitted to going to the 14-year-old’s high school, finding him, accosting him and threatening to “rip your (expletive) heart out,” in front of other students and families, according to the original indictment. Demirovic also contacted that victim’s mother via text, accusing him of being violent against her daughter, Hinds said.
The second victim was a close female friend. Demirovic responded to the falling out by sending harassing text messages and threatening voicemails. Hinds said she also threatened to send fabricated evidence to police in order to have the school discipline her.
Hinds said Demirovic and her daughter victimized their last person over a 17-month period beginning in May 2018. According to Hinds, Demirovic created and used social media accounts — some that impersonated the victim, the other that used pseudonyms to transmit hundreds of messages about him.
According to the indictment, the Instagram posts referred to the victim’s new girlfriend as a “cow” and a “dwarf.” The indictment also said the fake account that impersonated the victim sent solicitations and inappropriate remarks to at least 21 women.
The postings suggested that the victim was high on drugs, emotionally and psychologically abusive, and an online bully, Hinds said. Later, Demirovic sent a complaint about the victim to Title IX officers at his university, falsely accusing him of stalking and harassing girls, she said. The conduct continued after a restraining order was served against Demirovic.
Demirovic also will face three years of supervised probation after her sentence ends. She is set to begin her sentence on March 10.