Man Who Threatened To Rape Anti-Abortion Protesters Jailed

In August 2019, reported on the case off 22-year-old Christopher Thompson, who made multiple phone calls to the anti-abortion Operation Rescue activist group’s office and to the cell phone of Cheryl Sullenger, Senior Vice President of Operation Rescue. During those calls, he threatened rape her daughters, rape her, then murder her family. When Sullenger blocked his Kansas number, he switched to an Internet voice protocol to place continued threats from his computer.

Thompson was caught eventually and his case was brought to trial. In a follow up to the case, this past Tuesday, he was sentenced by Federal District Judge John W. Broomes to twelve months plus one day in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be followed by two years of supervised release in a plea bargain deal that allowed him to plead to one felony count of threatening communications.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart asked for a sentence of a year in prison while the defense attorney sought extended probation due to efforts that Thompson was making to deal with his drug addiction, anger, and mental health issues. Thompson was said to be enrolled in anger management classes and a Batters Intervention Program and was being treated by a therapist with drugs for his unspecified mental health condition.

Sullenger and Mellissa Newman-Mariotti, wife of Operation Rescue President Troy Newman, made victim statements in court that explained the impact Thompson’s threats had on their families. While Sullenger was directly threatened, Newman-Mariotti had listened to a voicemail message Thompson left at Operation Rescue’s office and thought at the time he was threatening her own daughters.

Thompson, who appeared in court, made an apology to Sullenger and asked for leniency.

As part of Thompson’s supervised release, Judge Broomes ordered him to have no contact with Cheryl Sullenger and her family, including grandchildren. He is not allowed to have contact with Mellissa Newman-Mariotti and her family, nor can he have any contact with Operation Rescue and any of its employees. (source)

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