New Details About The Man Arrested For Threatening A Mass Shooting Because Of His Virginity

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Who Is Christopher Cleary? New Details Colorado Man Arrested Threaten Mass Shooting Because Still Virgin

A Colrado man was arrested Saturday after posting a message on social media detailing the mass shooting he planned to carry out, citing his virginity as his motive.

Christopher Cleary, 27, was taken into custody in Provo, Utah, on a threat of terrorism charge following his Facebook threat, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Bureau.


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Authorities in Utah said Cleary posted, “Theres nothing more dangerous than man ready to die" Saturday, the day of the city's third annual Women’s March. He threatened to take to lives of as many girls as possible because he had been turned down by so many women in his life.



“All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that,” he wrote, according to a probable-cause statement cited by authorities.

“All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.”

In the affidavit, a Colorado deputy stated that he saw Cleary's alarming post and was prompted to contact Utah police Saturday morning, noting Cleary's felony charges and his concern about the many women's marches scheduled that day in Provo. Cleary is also on probation in Jefferson County, Colo., for felony charges of stalking and threatening women, police said.


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Authorities were able to track down Cleary at a local Airbnb he had rented in Provo using his IP address. They were able to locate Cleary at a nearby McDonald's, where he was questioned and arrested Saturday afternoon.

During an interview with authorities, Cleary confessed to making the threatening posts “but claimed to be upset and not thinking clearly when he did so,” citing the probable cause statement. Cleary also made "suicidal comments" while being interviewed by police, saying he "thought it might be better" if he died and suggesting he handcuff "himself to a tree in the middle of nowhere where no one could hear him scream as a means of killing himself."

Cleary was booked into the Utah County Jail on one count of threat of terrorism, a first-degree felony, and violation of probation. According to the Washington Post, an initial cour date has not been set. It is unclear if Cleary has an attorney.

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Although Cleary stated he was a virgin in his threats, the Denver Post revealed that may have been a lie. According to previous harassment and stalking charges against Cleary, a woman who claimed to be his ex-girlfriend told police they had a sexual relationship.

At the time of his arrest, Cleary was just one year into his three-year probation for felony stalking, court records show. In 2016, he pleaded guilty to yet another stalking charge, a case that was handled in Adult Mental Health Court, Pam Russell, spokeswoman for Jefferson County District Attorney Pete Weir, told the Denver Post. Cleary was placed on probation requiring close supervision and ordered to seek treatment for his mental health. His current probation sentence stemmed from his most recent stalking conviction, which occurred while on probation.

The year before that, he was charged with posting a private image for harassment, posting a private image for monetary gain, harassment by striking or kicking a person, and harassment by repeated phone calls, to which he pleaded guilty to the last charge. The other 2015 charges were dropped. 

Cleary also pleaded guilty to harassment via phone in 2013 and assault in 2009, the first time he was charged with a crime, according to court records.


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Sarah Gangraw writes about all things news, entertainment and crime. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.