March 1, 2018 10:51:52 AM
A man accused of cyberstalking is in jail for allegedly threatening a city official.
Officers with Columbus Police Department arrested Timothy Sean McSorley, 58, of 310 Fifth Ave. S. Wednesday on the felony charges cyberstalking and threatening a city official.
Neither the city councilmen The Dispatch contacted nor Mayor Robert Smith would confirm which city official was threatened, citing a city policy to not release the identities of crime victims.
Authorities did not release further information on the case. City spokesperson Joe Dillon confirmed a problem in the city's record system kept investigators from releasing the incident report on McSorley's arrest by press time, and municipal court administrator Wendy Blunt said McSorley's affidavit had not been entered into the court records by this morning because of the malfunction. Dillon said the city emails were also affected, but that he didn't know what other departments were affected.
CPD Chief Fred Shelton did not respond to multiple calls from The Dispatch.
McSorley does not currently have any charges pending in either Lowndes County justice or circuit courts. He is in custody at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center on $15,000 bond.
While The Dispatch did not see any threats toward a specific person in the publicly available content on McSorley's Facebook profile, at least one of his posts references killing Muslims and his cover photo displays the mushroom cloud from an atomic bomb detonation.
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