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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Ohio

For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Justin E. Herdman
, United States Attorney
Contact: Mike Tobin

Wooster man indicted after making threats purporting to be from women associated with an adult website

A Wooster man was indicted in federal court after making threats purporting to be from women associated with an adult website.
Christopher Smallwood, 25, was indicted on one count of interstate transmission of a threat and one count of willfully making a threat.
Smallwood made a series of reports to the online ATF tip website about threats to kill people with explosives and firearms, to destroy government buildings and declarations of allegiance to terrorist organizations. Smallwood purported these threats came from women associated with the website, according to the indictment.
This took place between September 1 and November 14, 2018, according to the indictment.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant's role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
This case was investigated by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Joyce.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Columbus Field Division