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Attorney accused of issuing threat

Message sent to client’s ex leads to felony charge

– A Fort Wayne attorney faces a charge of intimidation, accused of sending a threatening message to the ex-husband of his client.

Allen County prosecutors charged James A. “Jim” Hanson, 41, of the 6500 block of Underwood Cove, on Thursday with the Class D felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

According to court documents, Chad Vice called Fort Wayne Police late last month to report a threat. Vice told officers he was divorced and his ex-wife’s attorney was calling his home and sent him a threatening message on Facebook.

In the message, Hanson threatened to “anal rape (Vice) so hard (his) teeth come loose,” according to court documents.

“You pissed off the wrong attorney,” Hanson wrote, according to court documents. “I tried working with you with respect. Now I’m going to treat you like the pond scum you are. Watch your ass you little bitch. I’ve got you in my sights now.”

Vice said Hanson contacted him after Vice’s ex-wife was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge on March 23. She is charged as the perpetrator and Hanson is representing her in both the criminal case and the divorce.

The couple’s divorce was finalized in late March, according to court records.

Vice received the Facebook message the day before his ex-wife was to appear in court, according to court documents.

When prosecutors and their investigator questioned Hanson about the message while in the courthouse, Hanson admitted to sending it, referring to Vice as an “asshole,” court records said.

On Monday, in another interview with prosecutors, Hanson admitted to sending the message but said he was not physically threatening the victim. He said he meant rather that he was going to gather all the relevant evidence to defend his client and was using the victim’s “abuser language,” according to court documents.

A message left at Hanson’s law office was not returned Thursday afternoon.

rgreen@jg.net

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