Teacher Told To Stay Clear of Lawmakers

Timothy Kane has been ordered to stay away from lawmakers he is accused of threatening over a bill that would have changed the way the Catholic Church operates.

Kane, 26, of New Britain, is accused of sending angry threats to State Sen. Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, and State Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, who had proposed a controversial bill. 

Kane said he never meant to threaten or harass two Connecticut lawmakers, according to court documents released in court Friday.

According to an affidavit, Kane, a 6th grade math teacher at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain, told police who arrested him that he sent the e-mail because he had been “very angry” and became “regretful” after sending it. He said he had not intended to “threaten or harass” McDonald or Lawlor, but he “knew he had used inappropriate language,” according to court documents.
The e-mail in question was sent on March 10 at 9:12 p.m., police said. It made reference to the lawmakers’ homes and insinuated retaliation for the bill, police said.

State Capitol Police Department found out about the threat 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.
Kane, who appeared in court Friday, is still teaching at the school and is due back in court on May 11.

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