Ex-Ohio University Staffer Charged With Making Terror Threats


UPDATED: Friday October 29, 2010 3:29 PM

Ohio University Police were investigating threats made by a former employee, the university said Thursday.

The university said it learned of the threats on Wednesday, when an employee reported that Mark K. Hopton told him he was "angry enough to shoot people in the HDL Center and the HR Center," according to a news release.

Hopton, 48, of Millfield, Ohio, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with making terror threats, a third-degree felony, 10TV's Maureen Kocot reported.

Hopton oversaw shared services but was laid off on June 30, because his position was eliminated, the university said.

"In this day and age you don't call a university and tell them that you're going to come on campus and shoot people any more than you would walk into an aiport and tell them you have a bomb," said Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers.

Ohio University police and the Athens County Sheriff's Office searched Hopton's home and recovered firearms. Officials recovered 12 weapons, Kocot reported.

Hopton was released on a $10,000 bond, the university said.

OU police secured the buildings, which are both located on Union Street, after the threat was reported. The buildings were being guarded on Thursday, the university said.

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