- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to taking part in a series of hoax emergency calls at the University of Connecticut and other schools, intended to draw responders, such as SWAT units and bomb squads.

Matthew Tollis of Wethersfield, Connecticut, was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a day in prison for participating in “swatting” incidents in Connecticut and other states in 2014. “Swatting” refers to bogus calls intended to draw SWAT teams.

Authorities say he was also involved in swatting calls to Boston University, two high schools in New Jersey and a high school in Texas.

Federal prosecutors say the 22-year-old Tollis was a member of a group of online gamers called TCOD, or Team Crucifix or Die, which placed the hoax emergency call to UConn’s admissions department in April 2014.

Tollis pleaded guilty in June.

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