Feds: New Jersey Man Admits Sending Racist Text Messages
Assistant United States Attorney Michael Cunningham, from the District of Maryland and Attorney Thomas Johnson, from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division have secured a guilty plea from Michael Marotta, of Sewell, New Jersey.
The FBI report includes disturbing text message comments attributed to Marotta include the following:
- “I know where you live now.”
- ”I'm coming to rape your family,"
- Racial epithets.
- ”Eat my bullets.”
Marotta pled guilty yesterday in United States District Court in Baltimore, Maryland to:
- Making threatening interstate communications.
Federal law enforcement confirmed that the parties did not previously know each other.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said:
“The vile threats issued by this defendant have no place in civilized society.”
“The department, and specifically the Civil Rights Division, will use all tools at our disposal to ensure that people who interfere with the rights of others will be brought to justice,” said Clarke.
The United States attorney‘s office stated that they will not tolerate acts such as this and that they will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law when were necessary.
Federal law-enforcement authorities encourage anyone who is aware of Civil rights violations to report them to local or federal law-enforcement officials.
United States District Judge Stephanie A. Gallagher has scheduled Moratta’s sentencing for May 25, 2022.
SOURCES: United States Attorney, District of Maryland, Justice Department- civil rights division, FBI.
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