INGRAHAM: Covington Catholic School has reopened but the violent threats against the students have not stopped. In fact, the Covington Diocese received a suspicious package just tonight. We share tweet after tweet with you from celebrities, liberal commentators calling for attacks and even the death of these teenagers. Tonight some hope that this hate speech will not go unpunished.
Joining me now exclusively for his first national television interview, is Rob Sanders. He’s a prosecutor for Kenton County, Kentucky where Covington Catholic High is located. Rob, it’s good to see you. What kind of charges could realistically be filed and against whom?
ROB SANDERS, KENTON COUNTY, KENTUCKY PROSECUTOR: Well, we have a number of different charges in Kentucky that might apply. The one that jumps out the fastest is terroristic threatening. Now there’s three different degrees of terroristic threatening in Kentucky, two of them are felonies.
The most common one, I think that might apply in this situation is terroristic threatening second-degree, that’s any time that someone threatens death or violence against a educational institution in Kentucky or any student in the educational institution in connection with the school function.
Now that is a Class D felony. It’s one to five years in the state penitentiary. That could rise to five to ten years in a Class C felony if the person threatens that violence or death in connection to an educational institution in it the use of a device of mass destruction or weapon of mass destruction.
INGRAHAM: Yes. Well, you have – this is happening on Twitter though.
SANDERS: –that would double up the–
INGRAHAM: Mr. Sanders, this is happening on Twitter from different states.
SANDERS: Yes, ma’am.
INGRAHAM: –different locations, does that hinder the prosecution? I mean you don’t really need an – I mean, you have to interview these people, they’re in different states. You’re going to have to get to them somehow.
SANDERS: Well, it makes it much more difficult. It makes it much more difficult, much more complicated, #1. There’s a number of misdemeanors that could apply in a lot of these cases, but we can’t reach across state lines and extradite for misdemeanors–
SANDERS: –which means, we would have to wait for the person to come back to Kentucky or make a stop in Kentucky before we could ever arrest them. But when it comes to the offenses that rise to the felony level, we can extradite.
Now it’s not as easy as staying a Twitter handle. We can’t reach out and just arrest someone who – half the time they’re using a fake name, fake profile picture that sort of thing. We have to go through a process of issuing subpoenas, search warrants, getting–
INGRAHAM: Are you going to do this?
SANDERS: –information that goes with – it’s already underway. I’ve had detectives in and out of my office all day today. We were starting with some comments, some threats that were made in state, because those are people that we don’t even have to extradite. And we are moving on then to the ones that are out of state.
We’ve had the detective that works in my office has already been busy issuing Grand Jury Subpoenas and composing search warrants for detectives at other agencies.
SANDERS: –sending out, so we can get the information associated with the ownership of these accounts.
INGRAHAM: All right.
SANDERS: We get the IP addresses that are registered–
INGRAHAM: You got to get these people.
SANDERS: Then we find out.
INGRAHAM: I mean, it’s only – you are only one office–
SANDERS: That’s right, we find out who uses the internet, those IP addresses.
INGRAHAM: Yes, we get the IP addresses. We’re going to follow-up with you later in the week to find out where you are on this. But–
SANDERS: Yes, ma’am.
INGRAHAM: –this has to happen. Because, until people–
SANDERS: Well, it’s going to happen. Everybody’s got to realize that these- –
INGRAHAM: –have to got jail. They have to go to jail. That’s got to hurt. Otherwise someone is getting hurt and I fear – we’re about to talk to Steve Scalise who felt it in a different way. Someone is going to get hurt or someone is going to get killed. Prosecutor, I really appreciate you joining us.
SANDERS: Yes, there is no doubt.
INGRAHAM: And we’ll have you back. I know it’s a longer segment. We’ve got a lot of people to talk to, so we appreciate it.