Local Man in Prison for Making Threats Against Correction Officer Faces New Charges for Threats Against Judge, Deputy Warden

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – A New Bethlehem man who is currently in state prison for making threats against a correction officer is facing new charges of terroristic threats against two local officials.

According to court documents, on April 8, the Clarion Borough Police Department filed the following criminal charges against 28-year-old Joseph David Supik, currently lodged at SCI Somerset:

– Terroristic Threats W/Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1
– Harassment – Comm. Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3 (two counts)

The charges stem from an investigation of Terroristic Threats and Harassment involving Joseph Supik, an inmate at SCI Somerset. The investigation was conducted by William Peck, IV, who is the Chief of Police of Clarion Borough and the Chief Detective of Clarion County.

The investigation involves letters that Supik allegedly sent to Clarion County Judge Arner, Clarion County Corrections Deputy Warden Sprankle, and Chief William Peck.

According to a criminal complaint, on February 21, 2019, Supik allegedly authored a letter to Judge Arner to tell him to “(expletive) off” and communicated with other lewd and obscene words.

Then, on February 28, Supik allegedly authored another letter to Judge Arner that was received by the court on March 5, 2019.

It is alleged that Supik made reference to the sentence that Arner provided him and (the letter stated) Judge Arner “(expletive) up badly” by giving him a state sentence. Supik wrote he “will make Judge Arner’s life a living (expletive) Hell zone, payback is a (expletive) bitch, and life is going to be Hell for you and your family, game (is) on (expletive) your about to be (expletive) history,” the complaint indicates.

On March 9, 2019, Supik allegedly authored a letter to Deputy Warden Sprankle of the Clarion County Jail.

According to the complaint, Supik allegedly made a statement in the letter of a sexual nature and other lewd and obscene words.

On April 1, Chief Peck received a letter from Supik at the Clarion Borough Police Department.

In the letter, Supik mentions Clarion County Deputy Warden Sprankle and six other corrections officers. Supik allegedly stated that he cannot wait to get out (of jail) to pay Sprankle and the other CO’s a visit. Supik allegedly mentioned the only person he is after is Sprankle, and if he ends up in the Clarion County Jail, things can get “ugly” for him and “bad” things are going to happen to Sprankle, according to the complaint.

Around 11:00 a.m., on March 15, 2019, Supik was interviewed in reference to the letters dated February 21, 2019, February 28, 2019, and March 9, 2019, by Corporal Reynolds of PSP Somerset at SCI Somerset.

Supik allegedly admitted to Corporal Reynolds that he did author the said letters, the complaint states.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on April 30 in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn.

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