Daniel Christopher Leonard, 32, of Olympia pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to one count of cyber-stalking and four counts of making threatening communications.
In an announcement late Tuesday, the U. S. Attorney’s Office said Leonard, a former human resources manager at the Great Wolf Lodge near Olympia, admitted making more than 4,000 harassing and sexually threatening phone calls to more than 1,200 telephone numbers across the U.S. and Canada.
Some of the victims in this case had previously worked with Leonard, but did not recognize his voice because it had been disguised. To disguise his phone number, he used an Internet-based “spoofing service.”
Leonard faces up to five years in prison on each count when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton on Dec. 3, according to the Tuesday release.
After a Superior Court judge in California issued a warrant in March for records from the Internet phone spoofing company, investigators discovered recordings that revealed Leonard had made calls to a California victim.
The records also showed that 177 calls had been made to another victim who worked in Leonard’s apartment complex in Olympia, according to the release.
That woman had repeatedly filed police reports regarding threatening and obscene phone calls. She told police she believed the caller was able to see her at her work.
A subsequent federal search warrant led to the identification of about 4,000 calls to 1,200 separate numbers, said the release.
Other victims in the case had previously worked with Leonard either at the Great Wolf Lodge or in his previous employment in Florida.