Gilmanton man pleads guilty to threatening attack on federal employee
A Gilmanton man who threatened to sexually assault the government employee handling his Social Security account has pleaded guilty in federal court.
Glenn Bates, 51, made the threat in a voicemail Jan. 6, 2012, according to press release from the U.S. attorney’s office. In the message, Bates made demands related to his benefits, then said he had a gun and planned to wait for the employee and sexually assault her, officials said.
Bates was arrested June 15, and has been held since that time.
Court documents show a judge at U.S. District Court in Concord initially ruled that Bates was suffering from a mental defect making him incompetent to stand trial, but that decision was reversed after a hearing earlier this month.
The case was scheduled for a trial beginning April 5, but March 12 Bates pleaded guilty to a charge of impeding or retaliating against a federal employee.
Bates will be sentenced June 12. He’s facing up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.
TRICIA L. NADOLNY