Angry E-mailer Busted Over Threat

A bill that would have changed the way the Catholic Church operates made a lot of people, mostly Catholics, angry. Perhaps it made no one angrier than Timothy Kane, 26, of New Britain.  He is a 6th grade math teacher at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain.  The district has no official comment.

Police said he sent threatening e-mails to State Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, and State Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, who had proposed giving parishioners more control over local parish finances.

The e-mail made reference to the lawmakers’ homes and insinuated retaliation for Senate Bill 1098, which dealt with parish finances and took some control away from clergy members, police said. That controversy-sparking bill has been withdrawn.

The e-mail, which police said also made some other derogatory statements, was one of thousands the politicians received from across the country. They also received threats on their lives, police said.

The e-mail was sent on March 10 at 9:12 p.m., police said. State Capitol Police Department found out on March 11, started investigating right away, figured out whom it came from and got an arrest warrant, police said.

Kane was arrested by warrant on March 18 and charged with harassment. He was released Wednesday on $500 bond and will be arraigned on March 27. 

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