When a controversial campaign launches to recall a controversial judge, things are bound to get hairy but FBI involvement isn’t necessarily expected.
Michele Dauber — a Stanford University professor who chairs the campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky for his six-month sentence of Brock Turner — was sent white powder and a rape threat, leading to an FBI investigation. Federal agents arrested a 24-year-old man from Massachusetts on Thursday for sending threatening letters to four other public figures, including Donald Trump Jr, Bay City News reports.
The powder was determined to be harmless, along with a glitter bomb, but the letter Dauber received on Valentine’s Day is hardly reassuring.
“Since you are going to disrobe Persky, I am going to treat you like ‘Emily Doe.’ Let’s see what kind of sentencing I get for being a rich white male,” the letter reportedly read.
FBI officials announced they arrested Daniel Frisiello of Beverly, Mass. for five counts of mailing a threat to injure and another five counts of false information and hoaxes. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Secret Service, and Beverly Police Department joined the investigation.
The other three targets were interim U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Nicola Hanna, U.S. Sen. Deborah Stabenow (D-Michigan), and congressional candidate Antonio Sabato Jr.
“Our campaign is not going to be intimidated by threats and personal attacks,” Dauber says in a statement. “We are going to continue to stand with survivors of sexual assault and on June 5, the voters will recall Judge Persky.”