DENVER (LAWFUEL) – A federal grand jury in Denver late Wednesday returned a one count indictment charging David Charles Barton, age 27, of Boulder, Colorado, with telephoning a bomb threat to Buckley Air Force Base, Acting U.S. Attorney David Gaouette and Denver FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis announced. Barton was arrested without incident by FBI Special Agents this morning. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Denver today at 2:00 pm, where he will be advised of the charges pending against him.
According to the indictment, on January 21, 2009, at 11:13 am, Barton allegedly telephoned the 460th Security Forces Control Center (SFCC), at Buckley Air Force Base, stating that they should contact the Secret Service because he had a hand held, single wire, Kansas trigger, and that all bombs would detonate when he was done torturing.
“Telephone calls like this divert law enforcement resources away from those who truly need them,” said Acting U.S. Attorney David Gaouette.
“We value our partnerships that continue to develop and result in successful investigations,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge James Davis.
If convicted, the defendant faces not more than 10 years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI JTTF), the Boulder Police Department, the Boulder Sheriff’s Office, and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI).
Barton is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mackey.
The charge contained in the indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.