Great Wolf Lodge’s human resources manager is charged in U.S. District Court in Tacoma with two federal crimes for allegedly making hundreds of obscene phone calls while using an Internet telephone “spoofing service” to electronically disguise his voice, federal court documents state.
Daniel Christopher Leonard, 32, of Olympia, is charged with use of a telecommunications device with intent to harass and use of interstate communications with threat to injure a person, according to a criminal complaint. If he’s convicted, Leonard faces up to five years in prison, said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.
According to Leonard’s criminal complaint:
On Aug. 27, 2009, a woman in Monterey, Calif., reported receiving six obscene phone calls within 10 minutes that day.
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“Although the phone numbers registering on her caller ID differed on some of those calls, it was the same male voice each time,” reads the complaint, written by FBI special agent Ryan Bruett.
The phone calls to the Monterey woman continued through 2010. In one of the calls, the caller said, “I’ll have my hands all over you soon.” The woman feared for her safety.
Because the voice seemed to be electronically altered, Monterey police requested a search warrant for the records of the spoofing company www.spoofcard.com, operated by TelTech Systems. The records showed someone had called the woman using the service. Monterey police later learned it was Leonard.
TelTech’s records showed 1,566 calls used on Leonard’s account.
Agent Bruett found a woman in Olympia who said she had received as many as nine obscene phone calls in one day.
After Olympia police arrested Leonard, he confessed to making “sexually driven” phone calls to multiple women, using electronic voice alteration when calling women who might have recognized his voice.
“He specifically targeted some women he knew but then also randomly called women working at businesses such as tanning salons or coffee stands,” reads the criminal complaint.
Olympia Police Cmdr. Tor Bjornstad has said that a search warrant affidavit filed in Monterey County shows Leonard also made 750 to 800 obscene phone calls to about 80 people in the Olympia area, including fellow employees of Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound.
Leonard is charged with a single count of felony stalking in Monterey County, a court official there said. Bjornstad said Thursday that the Olympia Police Department’s criminal investigation is in the beginning stages.
Public relations officials employed by Great Wolf Lodge could not be reached for comment on Leonard’s employment status.
Leonard was in custody in Washington on Thursday. His first court appearance is scheduled for today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, Langlie said.
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