SCRANTON – A McAdoo man who served nine months in federal prison in Alaska for reciting the Declaration of Independence to the voice mail of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's lawyers has been charged with assaulting a federal officer.
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday filed a criminal complaint in U.S. District Court, Scranton, charging Shawn Christy, 21, with assaulting a federal officer while resisting arrest and escape.
Christy was captured at a house in the 100 block of South Harrison Street, McAdoo, after a short foot chase on Nov. 28. He was allegedly in possession of a knife and struggled with federal marshals when he was apprehended, according to U.S. Marshal Martin J. Pane.
An arrest warrant was issued Nov. 21 by the U.S. District Court in Alaska charging Christy with violating probation.
Christy and his father, Craig Christy, 48, were arrested in August 2011 on charges they harassed Palin and her lawyers by making multiple phone calls in June, July and August 2011. Pane stated in a news release that the phone calls were threatening toward Palin and her lawyers.
Federal court documents filed in Alaska federal court alleged Christy was an expert in Google stalking by locating relatives of members of Palin's lawyers, posting pictures of Palin's lawyers and their relatives on his Facebook page, and reading the Declaration of Independence (1,328 words without signatures) into a voice mail at the law firm monopolizing the telephone voice mail system.
They pleaded guilty to the harassment charge in January.
Christy was sentenced to nine months' time served and five years' probation. He was ordered to reside for six months in a community re-entry program at a Scranton residential facility.
Pane stated Christy entered the program in July and left without approval, leading to the violation.
Court documents allege Christy signed into the Scranton facility on Nov. 19 returning from a job and began yelling expletives at employees when his bag was searched. He ran to his room and kicked a hole in the wall, and left the facility claiming he walked railroad tracks all night, court documents allege.
Christy was discharged from the Scranton facility for verbally abusing staff and leaving without approval.
Craig Christy was sentenced to time served and ordered to perform community service.
Court records say Christy will be transported by U.S. Marshals to U.S. District Court in Alaska at a later date.