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May 11, 2011

BOSTON, Mass. - A federal jury today convicted an Ohio man of sending threatening emails to a Scituate town official and an attorney representing the Town of Scituate.

JEFFREY CLEMENS, 49, of Huron, Ohio, was convicted by a jury sitting before U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock of transmitting interstate threats. Evidence presented during the three-day trial proved that on March 8, 2010, CLEMENS sent emails threatening to harm a Scituate town official and an attorney representing the Town.

In 2005 CLEMENS was arrested in Scituate and charged in the Hingham District Court with disorderly conduct and falsely holding himself out to be a private investigator. In 2007 and 2009, CLEMENS filed civil lawsuits in federal court against the Town of Scituate and others concerning his arrest. CLEMENS’s first two lawsuits were dismissed by U.S. District Court Judges in May 2009 and again in April 2010.

Judge Woodlock scheduled sentencing for August 11, 2011. CLEMENS faces up to five years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division and Chief Brian Stewart of the Scituate Police Department made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys David G. Tobin and Eric P. Christofferson of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.



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