FL man arrested in connection to bomb threats in Franklin Co., IL

FL man arrested in connection to bomb threats in Franklin Co., IL

FRANKLIN COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A teenager from Florida was extradited to Franklin County, Illinois where he is facing charges for allegedly making two bomb threats against the Sesser-Valier Schools.

Gabriel Isaiah Estrada, 19, was booked in the Franklin County Jail on charges of falsely making a terrorist threat (class 1 felony), disorderly conduct (class 3 felony), intimidation of a minor (class 3 felony) and harassment of a minor by electronic means (class 4 felony).

On July 31, Estrada was also charged with four counts of child pornography (class 1 felony) and one count of intimidation (class 3 felony).

He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Don Jones, Estrada is suspected in other crimes in Franklin County.

A detective from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department and a detective from the Benton Police Department traveled to Okaloosa County, Florida to assist with Estrada's arrest.

Jones said charges against Estrada, who lives in Fort Walton Beach, are the result of "a complex forensic computer and other electronic media investigation and has been ongoing for a number of months."

Sesser-Valier District Superintendent Jason Henry issued the following statement:

"I am very grateful, but not surprised, to learn that the suspect in these cases is being brought to justice. The Sheriff's office has kept me apprised of the progress of the investigation over the last few months, and, to be clear, it has been grueling, detailed police work. The investigators who have worked this case are first-class professionals and deserve our highest praise and deepest thanks for their work on these cases.

Superintendent Henry cautioned others who think things like this are funny, jokes or clever.

"Threats like this are an intolerable violation of the public trust and the sanctity of the schoolhouse," he said. "Crimes like this are very serious, and cannot be tolerated in a dignified society. As a result, lawmen like these officers from Franklin County, IL, will work diligently to stop disruptive, offensive acts like this from happening to schoolchildren."

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