Albany County

Police: Threats to Albany County church were hate crimes

He repeatedly referenced individuals of a specific sexual orientation, police say
Shawn P. Grady
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BETHLEHEM — A man has been arrested, accused of making threatening phone calls to a Glenmont church, police said.

The caller threatened to harm church members and “made numerous comments against individuals of a specific sexual orientation,” according to a police statement.

Shawn P. Grady, 37, no address given, was arrested Friday and charged with making a terroristic threat as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime. Both are felonies.

The church received the calls in October, prompting the police investigation.

The police investigation determined Grady made the calls, according to a police statement. Grady was apprehended Friday in Glenmont. He listed no permanent address at the time of his arrest, police said.

The charges were elevated to hate crimes because the threats included references to sexual orientation, police said. The hate crime status allows for increased penalties upon conviction.

Grady was arraigned and ordered held.

 

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