The man who notoriously tormented the families of Sandy Hook victims has been arrested in Florida, after the father of a six-year-old boy killed in the shootings claimed he shared his personal information to encourage other hoaxers.
Wolfgang Halbig, 73, allegedly shared Leonard Pozner’s social security number, date of birth, as well as other information with an extensive list of recipients, including ‘multiple different law enforcement agencies and news stations’, according to an affidavit.
Pozner, whose son Noah was murdered in the school shooting on December 14, 2012, filed a complaint and Halbig – who claims the shooting was a hoax and the victims are still alive – was arrested Monday.
Wolfgang Halbig, 73, was arrested Monday in Florida and charged with the unlawful possession of another person’s identification. He is pictured in mug shots left and right
He allegedly shared Leonard Pozner’s social security number, date of birth, as well as other information with an extensive list of recipients. Pozner’s son, Noah, died in the Sandy Hook shooting which Halbig and others have denied happened
Pozner lives in hiding but Halbig published a 100-page TransUnion background report on him.
Halbig has tormented families of victims with images of what the children ‘all grown up’ as he claims they are still alive.
The Sandy Hook shooting claimed 26 innocent lives, the majority of which were children’s.
‘We are gratified that prolific Sandy Hook hoaxer and serial harasser of the families of victims Wolfgang Halbig has been arrested,’ Pozner told the New York Times.
‘For five years, he has used my most personal and private details to incentivize and enable other hoaxers and conspiracy theorists to hunt, abuse and terrorize myself and my family.’
Halbig claims the shooting was a hoax and the victims are still alive. He was released from jail on $5,000 bond
Pozner founded HONR in 2014, a network of volunteers who seek to expunge online content targeting the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Pozner added: ‘We have a long way to go, but this is a positive step in the right direction.’
Halbig was charged Monday with the unlawful possession of the personal identification of another.
He has since been released on bond from the Lake County Jail and is due in court February 24.
He faces a maximum of a year in prison.
Halbig – a contributor to Alex Jones’ website InfoWars – has theories that include Avielle Richman, one of the children murdered in the attack, still being alive.
Her father, Jeremy Richman, was one of 10 parents suing Jones, for defaming them and causing them emotional distress by saying the massacre was a hoax.
Richman killed himself last March.
Jones has tried to justify publishing the address of Pozner, alleging the parent was trying to stop their free speech with his HONR organization.
Jones said that he exchanged thousands of emails with Halbig about the conspiracy. Their conspiracies were shared with millions of people online.
The website even provided Halbig with equipment to go to Newton, where the shooting occurred, and film children near the church where victims’ funerals were taking place.
The Sandy Hook shooting claimed 26 innocent lives, the majority of which were children’s. Pictured, starting on the top row, from left to right, are Ana Marquez-Greene, Caroline Previdi, Jessica Rekos, Emilie Parker, and Noah Pozner; Jesse Lewis, Olivia Engel, Josephine Gay, Charlotte Bacon and Chase Kowalski; Daniel Barden, Jack Pinto, Catherine Hubbard, Dylan Hockley and Benjamin Wheeler; Grace McDonnell, James Mattioli, Avielle Richman, Rachel Davino and Anne Marie Murphy; Lauren Rousseau, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto, Dawn Hochsprung and Nancy Lanza
Connecticut State Police lead a line of children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, 2012 after the shooting at the school
He said in a deposition that Halbig ‘seemed credible at first’ but became ‘agitated’ over the years. He has since admitted that he does believe the massacre happened.
Halbig has sent hundreds of request for receipts to officials in Newton and wider Connecticut, demanding to see images of the murder scene including bodies, ‘bodily fluids, brain matter, skull fragments and around 45 to 60 gallons of blood’.
Halbig isn’t the only hoaxer looking at prison for tormenting Pozner.
Lucy Richards was jailed for five months in 2017 for threatening Pozner’s life.
She’s no longer allowed to visit the InfoWars website or other conspiracy theory platforms as part of her parole conditions.
Pozner successfully sued Nobody Died at Sandy Hook authors James Fetzer and Mike Palacek last October. He received $450,000 for the claims made in the book.
Halbig – a contributor to Alex Jones’ website InfoWars. Jones (pictured) said in a deposition last year that Halbig ‘seemed credible at first’ but became ‘agitated’ over the years
InfoWars fan Lucy Richards was jailed for five months in 2017 for threatening Pozner’s life