07/23/2013 12:57 EDT | Updated 09/22/2013 05:12 EDT

Benjamin Ernest Christensen Charged After Calgary Crown Prosecutors Threatened

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CALGARY - Police say a man has been charged with making threats against two Crown prosecutors.

The Crown's office in Calgary reported in March that it had received an email containing threats against two lawyers involved in a case. The email included a demand that charges be dropped against someone the accused knew.

"I'm not going to identify the specific nature of the threat, just that it was targeted and overt," Staff Sgt. Harv Davies said at a news conference Tuesday.

Davies would not say how the accused knew the person facing the original charges.

He said an investigation that included a cyber-crime team and a behavioural sciences unit identified a possible suspect and an arrest warrant was issued. A man was taken into custody by Lethbridge regional police on Friday.

Benjamin Ernest Christensen, 27 and formerly of Calgary, is charged with extortion, intimidation of a justice participant and uttering threats.

"We don't get a lot of cases of threats against the Crown that come to our attention, but it's certainly not an isolated case," Davies said.


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