A man suspected of stalking pop star Taylor Swift has been sentenced to six months in jail after breaking into her home.
Roger Alvarado, 22, was arrested in April after forcing his way into Swift’s New York City apartment, E! News reports. He later pleaded guilty to one count of attempted burglary in the second degree and one count of criminal contempt in the first degree, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office told the outlet.
A Manhattan Criminal Court judge sentenced Alvarado on Tuesday to six months in jail, Page Six reports. As part of a plea deal, he will also remain on probation for five years and attend a mental health treatment program, according to E! News.
Alvarado, who has already served much of his jail sentence, is expected to return to Florida after his release, according to Page Six.
Alvarado was arrested on April 20 after police responded to a call regarding Swift’s home shortly after midnight, Page Six reports. Swift owned the property, but was not living in it at the time of the alleged break-in, according to the outlet.
Police believe that Alvarez used a ladder to get to one of the windows in Swift’s home, which they found broken when they arrived; they located Alvarez himself sleeping in Swift’s bed, after having allegedly used her shower, Page Six reports.
Police said shortly after his arrest that Alvarez had been charged with stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing, according to E! News.
Swift has had a number of disturbing stalking incidents in recent years. Alvarado’s arrest came the same month that another of Swift’s alleged stalkers was arrested for trying to break into her home; police later found ammunition in his car. Another man was arrested earlier that month for trying to climb the wall separating her Beverly Hills mansion from the public.
Swift has since taken preemptive action to protect herself. During her Rose Bowl performance in May, the 29-year-old singer is said to have used advanced facial recognition software to screen for concert-goers who allegedly have stalked her before.
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