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SUNY Fredonia Adjunct Professor Charged

BUFFALO — A Hamburg man who is an adjunct professor at SUNY Fredonia has been charged for allegedly threatening a Buffalo reporter.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Wednesday that 62-year-old Paul E. Lubienecki was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with cyberstalking.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that on Feb. 4, a member of the Buffalo media received a voicemail that contained a death threat. The reporter has been reporting on the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo clergy sex abuse scandal for the past two years, and on that day, the reporter reported that Christ the King Seminary was being closed by the Diocese.

According to the complaint, the caller criticized the reporter’s professionalism before stating: “I know where you live in (town). I’m going to find you. I’m going to kill you.”

The complaint further states that the reporter received other harassing voicemails from a number associated with the defendant during August, November, and December of 2019. All told, 11 harassing phone calls were made from the phone number associated with Lubienecki to the reporter.

Lubienecki made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and was released on conditions.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special agent-in-charge Gary Loeffert.

Lubienecki is listed as an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Fredonia, who teaches history. The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.