A city council candidate in Arlington, Texas is accused of soliciting a state lawmaker’s wife and threatening the couple’s children.
Matthew Powers has been charged with making a series of threats to Bethany Tinderholt — whose husband Tony represents parts of Arlington in the Texas House of Representatives.
Court documents allege he said via an anonymous Twitter account: “also I hope one of your kids gets raped by a pedophile or killed by someone texting. You can thank your husband for that.”
Powers allegedly began the harassment on Valentine’s Day 2016 with tweets to Tinderholt, according to an affidavit obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
At one point, Tinderholt fired back: “@CzarofSwag good morning keyboard Ranger! I see you’re too ashamed to put your name on your profile. Have a great day.”
Tinderholt’s neighbor found a handwritten note addressed to her a few days later.
“I do love watching you Beth. I would hate to see something happen to you. See you again soon,” the letter read, according to the affidavit.
Surveillance video showed a black motorcycle parked as the letter was dropped off, the Star-Telegram reported.
A black motorcycle was parked in Powers’ driveway when cops went to question him, the affidavit indicates.
Powers, a graphic designer by trade, allegedly told cops it wasn’t his Twitter account when they questioned him last year, and asked for a lawyer.
Investigators were able to trace it to his wife last January, however, who said she wasn’t aware of the tweets, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Police arrested Powers in February, and he posted $2,500 bail, according to the Star-Telegram.
He faces six months in jail if he’s convicted of the misdemeanor charge.
It wasn’t clear what ties Powers has to Tony Tinderholt — a Republican who faced threats earlier this year for introducing a bill that would abolish abortion.
Powers is running in the May 5 election in a bid to unseat incumbent Arlington Councilwoman Lana Wolff. His campaign page on Facebook was pulled after the incident, the Dallas Morning News reported.
He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.