A Minnesota man on Thursday pleaded guilty in federal court to stalking and making deadly threats via the internet to former and current female athletes on the University of Colorado’s cross country team.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Denver said in a news release that Eric Ronald Bolduan, 43, downloaded images of the athletes from various internet and social networking sites and placed their pictures alongside images he got from porn sites of women who resembled the victims.
He would then upload the images to adult websites, naming the victims, their school and their contact information. Federal prosecutors said the purpose of Bolduan’s actions was to portray the victim “as involved in pornography and promiscuous behavior.”
Authorities said Bolduan emailed links of the pornographic postings to the victims and to people the victims were associated with, including professors, teammates and family members. He would then send threatening emails to the victims, “discussing how he was stalking her with the ultimate plan to rape, torture and kill her,” the release said.
A person knowledgeable with the court documents tied to the case said all the Colorado victims had been former and current members of the CU women’s cross country team. Bolduan also targeted as many as 50 other victims across the country from November 2015 to November 2016.
The defendant appeared before U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello on Thursday. She set sentencing for Nov. 29.
Bolduan was first charged by criminal complaint on Oct. 2, 2017, and was indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver that month. His case was investigated by the FBI.