When Capitol Police arrived at a New Britain middle school teacher’s home on March 12, he immediately knew why they were there.
“I know why you are here—it’s about the email,” Timothy J. Kane, 26, told police officers when he met them at his New Britain home.
Kane was arraigned Friday in Hartford Community Court and charged with sending a threatening email to the co-chairmen of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee. He was referred to the Capitol Region Mental Health Clinic for evaluation and is expected to return to court May 11.
In the meantime, Kane was instructed not to have any contact with the two legislators.
According to this police affidavitthe email Kane sent to Rep. Michael Lawlor and Sen. Andrew McDonald, the co-chairmen of the Judiciary Committee, reads as follows: “Hey McDonald and Lawlor, your your bill has NO shot at passing tomorrow, and you’re cowards for canceling the public hearing. Gay marriage is a farce, as are your careers and your support of the twisted, despicable act that is homosexuality. The first amendment outlaws this bill, and if needed, the US Supreme court would overwhelmingly outlaw SB 1098. You better hope that myself and other Catholics don’t find out where you live cause there’s hell to pay for your attack on the Church. Fuck off. God hates gay sex.”
According to a Stamford Advocate article, Kane is the son of a former Catholic deacon Joseph Kane. According to the police affidavit released Friday in court Joseph Kane was the one who posted the younger Kane’s $500 bond.
Following today’s arraignment, Kane’s attorney, Duncan Forsyth, said his client “is very sorry for sending off the email.” He said he “deeply regrets it,” and had even sent an email of apology prior to his arrest. He said his client is still employed as a teacher at Pulaski Middle School in New Britain.
Forsyth said Kane took the day off from school to attend Friday’s arraignment. “He’s very embarrassed by the whole thing,” Forsyth said.
According to the police affidavit, Kane was angry at the time he wrote the email and soon after sending it was regretful. “Kane said that he had not intended to threaten or harass Senator McDonald or Representative Lawlor, however, he acknowledged that he had used inappropriate language,” the affidavit states.
The email was sent Tuesday, March 10, at about 9:12 p.m. from Kane’s personal gmail account.
The bill that would have changed how the Catholic Church managed its finances and other administrative matters, which prompted Kane’s email, was officially killed by the Judiciary Committee after questions about its constitutionality were raised by Catholic parishioners, church officials, and other lawmakers. Kane’s email was sent the night before more than 4,000 Catholics protested the bill at the state Capitol.