Ex-Pa. school worker admits online threats

June 24, 2011 7:12:02 AM PDT
A former employee at an eastern Pennsylvania school district admits posting online threats against the middle school where he worked and a nearby airport.

Northampton County Judge Craig Dally sentenced 38-year-old James Kelley to time served and five years' probation after he pleaded guilty Thursday to a single count of making terroristic threats.

The charges stemmed from posts Kelley made on his Facebook page in January. In the postings authorities say the ex-Bethlehem school district information technology worker mused about bringing a gun to work, noting he had keys to many doors.

Defense attorney James Burke says Kelley had undiagnosed mental health issues and drug problems that led to the postings.

Kelley apologized for the threats during Thursday's hearing. The judge barred him from visiting the school district grounds.

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