Charge against Mass. backer of Norwegian killer
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former college student who wrote letters of support to a man convicted of setting off a bomb and fatally shooting 77 people in Norway was charged on Tuesday with making a campus bomb threat last year.
The charge against Kevin Forts stems from literature found in September 2011 at Assumption College in Worcester, an hour’s drive west of Boston.
Forts, who was a senior at the Roman Catholic college, later was suspended for public statements he made in support of Anders Behring Breivik’s July 2011 attacks in Norway.
Breivik, after setting off a bomb in Oslo, went on a shooting rampage at a summer camp for youth for more than an hour before police arrested him. The self-styled anti-Muslim militant showed no remorse at trial, accusing his victims of betraying Norway by embracing a multicultural society, and was sentenced in August to at least 21 years in prison.
Police in Worcester said in a statement released Tuesday that they were called to a campus of Assumption College on Sept. 23, 2011, and were shown documents containing threatening literature that indicated that a violent act would occur that day.
‘‘A copy of the Norway massacre suspect’s manifesto was also found with the documents,’’ they said. ‘‘Two additional copies of these documents were found in other buildings on campus.’’
The buildings were evacuated, searched and cleared by police. An investigation ensued, and police said they established a probable cause to arrest Forts on Tuesday.
Forts, 23, turned himself in at police headquarters and was arraigned later in the day at Worcester District Court. A plea of not guilty was entered for him, said Tim Connolly, a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.
Forts, who’s from nearby Shrewsbury, was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to stay away from the college. He and his attorney did not promptly return calls seeking comment.
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