Ohio man sentenced to prison for threatening reproductive health services center and patient | Takeover bid
An Ohio man was sentenced in federal court today to one year and one day in prison and three years probation for interstate threats; and concurrently to 10 months in prison and a year of supervised release on charges under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, for threatening to bring a bomb into a local health care facility. reproductive health.
Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Brime, 26, of Columbus, also threatened to kill a patient he said was seeking reproductive health services, specifically an abortion, at the clinic.
On April 11, 2021, Brime made two separate phone calls to the local reproductive healthcare clinic. In the first he made a death threat regarding the potential patient and in the second he made a bomb threat directly to the clinic, telling the clinic staff “my organization will bring a bomb into your facility. I suggest you close your doors.
Specifically, Brime admitted to violating the FACE Act — which makes it a federal crime to threaten to use force to intimidate anyone receiving or providing reproductive health services — and transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.
“Reproductive health care providers and people seeking to access these services must be able to do so without violence or threats of violence,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke. “This conviction should send a strong message that the Department of Justice will continue to aggressively enforce the FACE law and hold accountable those who violate the law. We stand ready to ensure that health care providers and people seeking reproductive health services are safe and free from violence and threats of violence.
“Threatening the life of anyone seeking any health care service is a heinous act that should not be tolerated,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker. “People should handle their disagreements with positions contrary to their own in a more civil manner than using the threat of force or any form of intimidation.”
Brime was indicted by a grand jury and arrested in September 2021. He pleaded guilty in February 2022.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker for the Southern District of Ohio; Special Agent in Charge J. William Rivers of the FBI Field Office in Cincinnati; and Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant announced today’s sentencing by U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emily Czerniejewski and S. Courter Shimeall and U.S. District Attorney civil rights Sanjay Patel is representing the United States in this case.
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