A Texas man who authorities say threatened a Boston doctor caring for transgender people was arrested on federal charges Friday.
The suspect, identified by the US Attorney’s Office as Matthew Jordan Lindner, 38, of Humble, Texas, was charged with transmitting threats interstate. He made his first appearance in a Texas court on Friday afternoon, and is expected to appear in federal court in Boston at a later date.
Lindner allegedly harassed and threatened to kill a female doctor at the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center in Boston. FBI Boston Division.
The incriminating documents allege that on August 31, Lindner called the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center.at Boston Children’s Hospital. The Justice Department said Lindner left a violent message targeting one of the center’s affiliated doctors.
Lindner reportedly said that “a group of people” were “on their way to handle” the unidentified victim, said that the victim would “burn”, and that the victim and others in their area had “given us quite a bit of trouble” and “Signed.” his) own ticket,” federal prosecutors said. The message also included a gender-based slur and accused the victim of “castrating” children.
The charge against Linder carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison.
“Everyone has the right to express their opinion, but they do not have the right to use or threaten violence against individuals who do not share the same beliefs as theirs,” Bonavolenta said. “No one should live in fear of violence because of who they are, the kind of work they do, where they are from, or what they believe. This case is unfortunately just one of many others that the FBI Boston Demonstrates commitment to deter violent incidents motivated by hatred and prejudice and hold the individuals behind them accountable.”
This is not the first time that misinformation is relatedThreats have been made. In September, Katherine Levy of Westfield, Massachusetts, On charges he made a false bomb threat against the hospital on 30 August, just a day before Lindner allegedly made his phone call.
At the time, Massachusetts US Attorney Rachel Rollins said Boston Children’s Hospital had been the subject of about a dozen similar threats. In October, three major medical associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association,To investigate and prosecute similar threats.
Several dozen House Democrats signed a letter sent to Garland on November 18, requesting that the DOJ outline steps it is taking to counter anti-transgender threats made against health care providers.
In the news release announcing Linder’s arrest, Rollins said Friday that the Justice Department is “pledged to protect the rights of the gender nonconforming and transgender community, including health care providers who provide care and support.” Huh.”