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Massachusetts Man Facing Charges for Allegedly Threatening Professor Following Anti-Trump Comments

Matthew Prinn has been charged with threat to commit assault and civil rights violation

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    Lawyer Charged With Threatening Professor

    Investigators say Matthew Prinn threatened a Bridgewater State University professor who made anti-President Trump comments on social media

    (Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018)

    A Boston man is facing charges for allegedly threatening a Massachusetts professor.

    According to Bridgewater State University Police, the voicemail Matthew Prinn left in September of 2017 lasted several seconds. It was long enough for him to allegedly threaten a professor at the university.

    Last fall, NBC10 Boston reported on Professor Garrett Nichols anti-President Trump posts on social media. Two days after the story first aired, Bridgewater State University Police said Prinn left an expletive-packed voicemail on Nichols’ university phone that ended with the lines “Let’s see how tough you are” and “I’m coming for you.”

    Police were able to identify Prinn after his name popped up on the caller ID. 

    Prinn has been charged with threat to commit assault and civil rights violation. He was was scheduled for a magistrate hearing behind closed doors Tuesday at Brockton District Court, but it had to be rescheduled after his lawyer showed up an hour and a half late.

    The charges are only surfacing now after police had to subpoena the telephone company tied to the school.

    According to the police report, Prinn lives in Boston.

    His LinkedIn account has him working as the Director of Business Development at K&L Gates at the time of the call. The international law firm has offices in Boston.

    His job status on LinkedIn was changed during the day Tuesday. It now reads he is a “Law Firm Consultant” and his duties at K&L ended in January.

    A call to the company’s human resources department was not returned.

    Nichols declined to comment on this story, citing the open case.

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