The Internet group Anonymous is a "peaceful entity" and does not make violent threats, according to statements the group recently released.
But after watching a video attributed to the organization, Sandusky County special prosecutor Dean Henry might feel a bit vulnerable.
The video — which appeared Tuesday, just a day before the second exhumation of shooting victim Jacob Limberios — warned officials involved in "massive public corruption" that "there will be consequences for your actions." It doesn't specifically mention Sandusky County officials, but it references the Limberios case.
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"I absolutely consider that threatening," Henry said Thursday. "I'm not losing sleep over it, but I don't think anyone should be victimized or threatened for doing their job. It doesn't matter if they're a public official or not."
Anonymous is a loosely organized group of unidentified Internet users who have hacked government websites and banded together for various causes. Most recently, the group leaked private information concerning a 2012 Steubenville rape case, in which two teenage boys were later found guilty.
Henry said he isn't familiar with Anonymous and he "isn't prepared to ascribe that video to any particular organization."
Nonetheless, he has a plan to address the problem, but he "certainly isn't discussing it with the media," he said.
Meanwhile, police are investigating the source of an allegedly menacing text message sent to Sean O'Connell, the lead detective in the Limberios case. They refuse to release information about the message but have subpoenaed phone records belonging to the person who uses the phone number that sent it. O'Connell's work cell phone number was posted on the Justice for Jake Facebook page Monday.
Any threats of violence should not be attributed to Anonymous, according to a press release the group posted early Thursday on pastebin.com. Pastebin is a popular website used to share large amounts of texts online.
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While Anonymous sometimes releases personal information, no member has yet in this case, according to the release.
"At this point in time, we are simply watching to see what officials are going to do," the release states. "We fully expect justice to be served. If this happens, as we expect, we will quietly fade away. If this does not happen, further investigations will commence. In any case, there will be no violence."
A link to another large Pastebin text document, titled "#JusticeForJake," recently surfaced on Twitter. The document details the entire Limberios investigation, providing links to a petition, audio clips of witness statements and several Register articles.
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"Our focus is on holding Sandusky County's feet to the fire," the document states.
Blogger Alexandria Goddard and Twitter user Michelle L. McKee created the document Tuesday "in support of a request for the public's assistance in seeking justice for the death of Jacob Limberios," it states. Limberios family attorney Dan McGookey made the request, they said. Both Goddard and McKee have recently used Twitter to communicate with Anonymous members to spread the word about the controversy surrounding Jacob's death.
Jacob was shot and killed March 2, 2012. Sandusky County officials ruled the death a suicide, but a forensic pathologist hired by the Limberios family examined the body and determined it was a homicide.
The investigation has prompted a recent social media onslaught dubbed "#OpJusticeForJake" from several Twitter users claiming to be from Anonymous. On Twitter, hashtags are a way to categorize messages and indicate popular search phrases in a tweet. Hundreds of tweets have used the phrase in the past four days.
At about 5 p.m. Thursday, the primary Anonymous Twitter account, which has more than 1 million followers, made its first reference to the Limberios case. As of 8 p.m., the same Twitter account had posted four additional messages about the case.
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