Speedway man faces federal charges for online threats against judge

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A Speedway man is in trouble over threats he allegedly posted online against a federal judge.

US Attorney Joe Hogsett announced federal charges Monday against 53-year-old Delenore Lowell McTarsney. McTarsney is accused of threatening the life of a federal judge and other local officials in a series of comments posted online.

It started in June 2012, when the criminal complaint alleges McTarsney began posting hundreds of comments in response to a YouTube video submitted by a local attorney. McTarsney believed he was the victim of a conspiracy that involved the local attorney as well as a number of other people associated with the Indianapolis legal community, including a current federal bankruptcy judge.

The complaint alleges that McTarsney posted the comments throughout 2012, and continued into early 2013. In January 2013, some of those comments began to reference "specific acts of violence that the defendant stated he would undertake against those he believed had conspired against him. These threats included descriptions of violent acts against the local attorney, as well as the federal judge, whose home address was included in these online threats."

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals service investigated the case.

McTarsney was arrested at his home last Saturday. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted, as well as fines and federally-supervised release at the end of his prison term.

Note from the US attorney: A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.