A federal judge sentenced a 35-year-old Texas doctor to a year and a day in federal prison for threatening to kill her former husband, a Fort Bragg soldier, through anonymous text messages, U.S. Attorney Robert Higdon Jr. said in a press release.
U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Tanyatorn Ghanjanasak on Thursday after hearing evidence about two years of ominous messages she sent to her husband’s cellphone from various numbers.
FBI investigators discovered Ghanjanasak was sending the transmissions via messaging applications from her home and work. She was practicing medicine at the time, the release said. In a letter to the News & Observer received Saturday, husband David Chavez said he believes his ex-wife never intended to hurt him and does not consider her a threat.
Ghanjanasak’s husband is identified in the release as “D.C.,” but an FBI agent’s affidavit filed in U.S. District Court identifies him as David Chavez. They met when he was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., and were married in 2016 until she left for Cincinnati to obtain her medical degree, the affidavit said.
In 2016, the affidavit said, Chavez began receiving text messages from a woman named Ariel from a number he did not recognize. Some of them said, “I know you’re lonely and feeling unappreciated” and “I know your wife doesn’t understand you.”
Shortly thereafter, Chavez was visiting Ghanjanasak at her home in Ohio when he discovered that his car’s brake lines had been cut. He also felt sick and believed he had been drugged, the release said.
In January 2017, the release said, Ghanjanasak sent him an anonymous message saying she had tried to kill him, adding, “the brakes and the poison were me and you (sic) dumb ass can’t figure it out.”
Soon after, the release said, she sent another message saying, “There’s a surprise coming for you which is to die. I hope you like it.” The text included a smiley-face emoji.
One weekend later, the U.S. attorney’s release said, Chavez again felt he had been drugged and nearly fell down a flight of stairs. Ghanjanasak sent a message asking, “Did you like your beer?!?!?!?!?”
Over the next several months, the U.S. Attorney’s release said, Ghanjanasak sent anonymous texts threatening to murder D.C. and two other people.
He once received texts from someone identified as Ava, stating, “I had fun the other night,” the affidavit said. Three days later, he received this anonymous message: “Nobody wants you and that’s why your alone.”
Ghanjanasak was interviewed by the FBI and confessed to sending the messages in 2017, the affidavit said.
In his letter, Chavez disputed the timing of events described in court documents and said they painted a harsher picture than what actually happened. He said he and his wife, divorced in 2017, both made mistakes.
“I do not agree with how Tanya handled the situation to push me away but I do not think she intended me physical harm,” Chavez wrote. “This is why I have offered to support her through this difficult time, I am standing beside Tanya because I understand her mistakes and I believe that she did not intend to hurt me.”
The website healthgrades.com describes her as a pediatrics specialist in New Richmond, Ohio, while her LinkedIn profile lists her as a provider at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Maryland.
She is pictured and identified in an article on the U.S. Army website about “Golden Dragon spouses.” The Golden Dragons are the 14th Infantry Regiment, which has served in various conflicts from the American Civil War to the Iraq War.
In addition to her sentence on charges of interstate threats to injure, Ghanjanasak must serve three years of supervised probation.