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Man Charged with Sending Threats to South Burlington High School Students and Faculty Appears in Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Vermont

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Josiah Leach, 18, of South Burlington, Vermont, appeared today before the Honorable Christina Reiss charged with one count of knowingly transmitting in interstate commerce threats to injure others. Chief Judge Reiss advised Leach of the charge against him and appointed the Office of the Federal Public Defender to represent him. He is deemed innocent until proven guilty of the charges.

Leach, who was arrested on Friday night, will remain in custody pending a detention hearing on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

Acting United States Attorney Eugenia A.P. Cowles again thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Burlington Police Department, the Vermont State Police, and Champlain College’s Leahy Center for Digital Investigations for their tireless work in the investigation leading to Leach’s arrest.

Leach was represented by Assistant Federal Public Defender Elizabeth Quinn. AUSA Michael Drescher represented the United States.

Updated April 24, 2017

Violent Crime