Police: Man arrested for threatening to brand, kill transgender teen


Credit: Story County Public Safety Group

An Iowa man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly left threatening voicemails targeting a transgender high school student.

After reading a news article about a Nevada high school freshman who was born female but now identifies as male, suspect Mondell Olson allegedly left voicemails at the high school, threatening to brand, assault and kill the transgender student, according to the KCCI report.

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The Story County Sheriff's Office traced back the calls to a cellphone that was found in Olson's apartment during the execution of a search warrant. Olson was arrested and charged with first-degree harassment. Iowa state law does not include transgender people as a protected class in its hate-crimes law.