A 34-year-old antheral from California was arrested connected Tuesday for allegedly sending decease threats to Merriam Webster’s employees and terrorizing to weaponry its offices implicit dictionary definitions of “woman” and “girl”, according to tribunal documents.
Jeremy David Hanson of Rossmoor, Orange County, California, was arrested and charged connected April 20 with 1 number of interstate connection of threats to perpetrate unit for sending decease threats to Merriam Webster betwixt October 2 and October 8, 2021 regarding the definitions for the words “Girl” and “Woman,” according to the transgression complaint.
Hanson was released connected conditions pursuing an archetypal quality successful national tribunal successful the Central District of California. If recovered guilty, Hanson could look up to 5 years successful prison, 3 years of supervised release, and a good of $250,000.
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According to the transgression complaint, betwixt Oct. 2 and Oct. 8, 2021, Springfield-based Merriam-Webster, Inc. received assorted threatening messages and comments demonstrating bias against circumstantial sex identities submitted done its website’s “Contact Us” leafage and successful the comments conception connected its webpages that corresponded to the connection entries for “Girl” and “Woman.” Authorities aboriginal identified the idiosyncratic arsenic Hanson. As a effect of the threats, Merriam-Webster closed its offices successful Springfield and New York City for astir 5 concern days.
Specifically, it is alleged that connected Oct. 2, 2021, Hanson utilized the grip “@anonYmous” to station the pursuing remark connected the dictionary’s website explanation of “female”: “It is perfectly sickening that Merriam-Webster present tells blatant lies and promotes anti-science propaganda. There is nary specified happening arsenic ‘gender identity.’ The imbecile who wrote this introduction should beryllium hunted down and shot.”
Hanson besides allegedly sent the pursuing threatening connection via the website’s “Contact Us” page: “You [sic] office should beryllium changeable up and bombed. It is sickening that you person caved to the taste Marxist, anti-science tranny [sic] docket and altered the explanation of ‘female’ arsenic portion of the Left’s efforts to corrupt and degrade the English connection and contradict reality. You evil Marxists should each beryllium killed. It would beryllium poetic justness to person idiosyncratic tempest your offices and sprout up the place, leaving nary of you commies alive.”
It is further alleged that connected Oct. 8, 2021, Hanson posted different threatening remark connected the dictionary’s website and a threatening connection via the “Contact Us” leafage that threatened to “bomb your offices for lying and creating fake…”.