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Ohio Man Indicted for Threatening a Local Reproductive Health Services Facility

For Immediate Release
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A federal grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, returned an indictment charging an Ohio man for threatening a reproductive health services facility.

According to court documents, Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Brime, 25, of Columbus, made two separate telephone threats to an Ohio reproductive health services clinic. The first count charges Brime with a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, which makes it a federal crime to threaten the use of force to intimidate anyone receiving or providing reproductive health services. The second count charges Brime with making threatening statements through interstate communications and the third count charges Brime with making a bomb threat.

The charges stem from two separate telephoned threats that Brime made to a reproductive health care clinic on April 11, in which Brime made a death threat and a bomb threat. 

If convicted of the offenses, Brime faces up to a maximum of 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. 

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Columbus Resident Agency of the Cincinnati Field Office and the Columbus Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Sanjay Patel of the Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Czerniejewski.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, and not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Updated September 17, 2021

Civil Rights
Press Release Number: 21-893