PLANO — Authorities say a man who stalked a woman from Delhi, India to New York, Los Angeles, and eventually to Plano has been sentenced to 19 years of prison in Texas, according to Collin County authorities.
The conviction came after the victim endured 10 years of harassment.
In a statement released Wednesday, District Attorney Greg Willis announced the sentence for 32-year-old Jitender Singh, of Los Angeles.
"Singh first met his victim while they both attended college in Delhi, India," the statement revealed. "Though merely classmates, Singh asked the victim to marry him in 2006."
Willis said the victim, whose identity wasn't released by authorities, refused the proposal, which sparked Singh's anger.
"Singh began following the victim home and threatened her with violence until she graduated in 2007," the statement read.
In 2007, the victim left India to study at a New York university. However, that didn't end Singh's obsession. Authorities say he continued his harassment and assaulted the woman's father in India. Singh was convicted for the crimes in India, but made an appeal and agreement with authorities to stay away from the victim.
Singh eventually traveled to New York, where he attempted to enroll at the same university as the victim. He was denied and ordered by the university to stay away from the campus.
Once again, that didn't stop Singh. When the victim moved to California for an internship, he tracked down her address and followed.
“You can’t hide from me," authorities say Singh told the victim when she refused to see him. "I will always find you.”
When the woman moved back to New York, the harassment followed.
In 2011, the victim moved to Plano, where she was hired by an information technology company. Authorities say for the next three years, Singh harassed the woman by phone and Internet.
Police say Singh eventually was able to track down her Plano address in 2014 by signing up for a credit monitoring service under her identity. Authorities say that's when he traveled to North Texas and broke into her home, where he stole personal items, including her social security card, passport, and jewelry.
"A suspicious neighbor called 911 and Plano police officer Michael Weaver and others located Singh in the parking lot of the victim’s apartment with her property," read the statement from the Collin County District Attorney's Office.
A jury in Collin County gave Singh 17 years for burglary of a habitation and two years for fraudulent use of information.