Man indicted for rape and death threats on pro-lifers

By WND Staff

 

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(Image courtesy Pixabay)

The Department of Justice on Wednesday announced a Wichita, Kansas, man has been indicted for threatening to kill employees of the pro-life group Operation Rescue and rape their daughters.

Christopher M. Thompson, 22, of Wichita, faces three counts of making threats to injure a person.

The indictment alleges Thompson made the threats in telephone calls to the organization’s headquarters in Wichita.

The threats were delivered in an eery, sing-song chant, as documented in an audio recording of one of the calls posted by OR.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the district of Kansas said the suspect faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each of the counts.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Wichita Police Department.

“We are very relieved that this man has been criminally charged,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.

“We take threats like this very seriously and always report them to law enforcement. We simply are not going to take any risks with the safety of our staff and our families. We look forward to the conclusion of this case and pray justice will be served.”

His organization said the man making the threats “told a female Operation Rescue employee that he was going to kill her and her entire family after he sexually assaulted two female family members.”

“He said that he had often followed the staffer and female family members around Wichita, Kansas, the location of Operation Rescue’s national headquarters, and said he knew where the staffer lived.”

Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue said the caller apparently was infuriated by a 13-year-old article posted on the organization’s website.

The caller was blocked after the first call but then “called back from a second number and left a voice mail message that was explicit with satanic overtones and revealed a person who appeared to be unbalanced. The fact that the numbers were local added extra concern.”

Newman, at the time, said the calls were “unhinged and highly disturbing.”

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