(WSIL) -- A Maryland man is now facing federal charges after allegedly sending threatening emails to Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Francis Collins at the National Institutes of Health.
A federal criminal complaint has been filed charging Thomas Patrick Connally, Jr., age 56, for the federal charges of threats against a federal official and interstate communication containing a threat to harm.
The criminal complaint was filed on July 26, 2021 and unseal Tuesday upon Connally's arrest. Connally is expected to have an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan.
“We will never tolerate violent threats against public officials,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jonathan Lenzner. “Our public health officials deserve our thanks and appreciation for their tireless work, and we will not hesitate to bring charges against those individuals who seek to use fear to silence these public servants.”
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, from December 28, 2020 to July 21, 2021, Connally used an email account from a provider of secure, encrypted email services based in Switzerland, to send a series of emails to Dr. Fauci and the Chief Medical Advisor to President of the United States, threatening to harm and/or kill him and members of his family.