Virginia man is charged with stalking and harassing Tulsa mayor by ‘masquerading as his wife online and threatening to crash his Bible study’ in attempt to get Trump rally cancelled
- Adam Maxwell Donn, 40, is federally charged with stalking and harassment
- Prosecutors say he harried Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum to cancel Trump rally
- Donn allegedly called and emailed Bynum and his family dozens of times
- Posed as Bynum’s wife in emails to her colleagues, prosecutors say
- Allegedly left voicemail telling Bynum’s wife he was sending men to their home
A Virginia man has been charged with cyberstalking the mayor of Tulsa in a failed effort to stop President Donald Trump’s campaign rally there last month.
Adam Maxwell Donn, 40, is federally charged with stalking, harassing, intimidating, and inflicting emotional distress upon Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and his family, prosecutors said Saturday.
Court documents allege Donn sent 44 emails and 14 phone calls to Bynum and his wife in which he harassed, threatened and tried to intimidate the mayor into cancelling Trump’s June 20 rally.
Donn’s attorney, Jeffery Swartz, did not immediately reply to a Saturday phone message seeking comment.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum (above) received dozens of harassing phone calls and emails, which federal prosecutors say were sent by Virginia man Adam Maxwell Donn
Trump’s critics were furious that he held the rally in Tulsa (above) despite the pandemic
Court documents allege that Donn threatened to publish the Bynum family’s home address and personal information to the internet, including the children’s cell phone numbers and social media accounts.
One email was sent on June 19, 2020, when Donn allegedly stated he hoped Bynum’s family contracted Covid-19 and hoped the family suffered.
Donn further stated he would possibly show up to Bynum’s next Bible study, and on another occasion, asked the mayor’s wife if she would be home later so the he could meet her at her house, according to prosecutors.
As well, a voicemail received by the mayor’s wife allegedly stated the street she lived on and asked if she still lived there ‘before his guys made a delivery.’
The affidavit also alleged that Donn masqueraded as the mayor’s wife and sent emails to her colleagues via her business website.
Trump reacts to the crowd as he arrives onstage at the June 20 rally in Tulsa
In those emails, he allegedly stated that recipients should send his messages on to the mayor’s wife, and if they didn’t, he would show up at their office and infect them with coronavirus.
‘Cyberstalkers try to hide behind keyboards while they threaten and intimidate others, but their online actions have real world effects,’ said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said in a statement.
‘Mr. Donn will now face the real world consequences for his alleged criminal actions,’ he added.
Donn was arrested in Virginia and made his first court appearance there on Friday with a second appearance in Tulsa scheduled for July 22, Shores said.
The president’s rally drew an estimated 6,200 people to Tulsa’s 19,000-seat BOK Center, far short of the full house that was predicted.
Tulsa health director Bruce Dart publicly asked that the rally be postponed and Bynum, who joined in greeting Trump when he arrived at the Tulsa airport, said he would not attend.
Bynum’s spokeswoman Michelle Brooks on Saturday told The Associated Press that he did not attend the Trump rally.
Coronavirus cases in the city and Tulsa County spiked in the weeks following the rally and Dart said the event ‘likely’ was the source of the increase.