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Sex offender accused in Skidmore threat

Skidmore College spent Tuesday night under a police-assisted lockdown while authorities in three states hunted a man who allegedly threatened to shoot a female student he knew.

Lance C. Leonard, 49, a transient last known to reside in the Martha’s Vineyard area of Massachusetts, was arrested by police officers in Atlantic City, N.J., shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday in connection with threatening phone calls and text messages made to a female Skidmore student in her early 20s. He is facing a felony charge of coercion, Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said during a news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

“[Leonard and the student] were having an alleged relationship of some kind. She was trying to get away from this man and she wanted to break up with him,” Murphy said. “We’re alleging that he was threatening her and threatened to cause her physical injury if she broke up with him.”

A full article on the arrest can be found HERE.

Saratoga Springs police Lt. John Catone said they learned that Leonard had a criminal history and mental health issues, which in conjunction with the threats prompted a campus lockdown at 7 p.m. According to an online sex offender registry, Leonard is a registered sex offender in Nevada, stemming from an assault with intent to rape conviction almost 30 years ago in Martha’s Vineyard.

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