By Dave Warner
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania father and
son were arrested Thursday on charges they made harassing
phone calls to the family of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin
and her attorneys, an FBI spokesman said.
The arrest of Craig Christy, 47, and his son Shawn,19, of
McAdoo, Pennsylvania, came a day after they were charged in a
federal indictment filed in Alaska with making the harassing
phone calls from August 1 to August 9.
The calls were placed after Palin, the 2008 Republican vice
presidential nominee, obtained a restraining order against the
two men over what she said was harassment.
The pair made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court
in Allentown, Pennsylvania, following their arrest, said
Assistant U.S. Attorney Retta-Rae Randall.
No bail was set during the hearing and the two men will be
transported to Anchorage, Alaska, for further proceedings,
An Alaska state court issued a restraining order against
Shawn Christy in September 2010, ordering him to have no
contact with Palin. In May, a court renewed that and issued a
similar order against his father, Craig.
Shawn Christy has previously admitted in court to having
threatened to rape Palin, sending her numerous e-mails and
gifts, and traveling to Anchorage earlier this year.
Craig Christy admitted making more than two dozen early
morning phone calls to Palin's parents over a two-day period in
In the indictment, the two men are accused of causing the
"telephone of another repeatedly and continuously to ring, with
the intent to harass a person at the called number."
(Additional reporting by Yereth Rosen; Writing by Alex
Dobuzinskis: Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston)
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