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Inmate allegedly issues violent threats in letters

Published August 30. 2013 05:00PM

A Lansford man has reportedly threatened a borough police detective and several other borough residents with violent acts, including rape.

Charged was John Provisiero, 20, who is currently an inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility.

Provisiero has been charged with terroristic threats, harassment, and stalking, stemming from an incident that happened on May 15.

He will remain in Carbon County Prison, where he is serving time on other, unrelated charges.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Jack Soberick with District Judge Casimir Kosciolek, the officer on May 15 received a letter addressed to him at the police station. The envelope bore a return address of the county prison, with Provisiero's name printed above it.

The envelope contain a handprinted letter, which began "Dear ...," and goes on to completely and graphically describe acts of violence the author intends to commit against a child.

The author also extends his descriptions of graphic violence to be performed on the person's mother, including raping, torturing and killing her, and selling her remains as dog food.

The author then goes on to describe his intentions for the addressee, which include graphic descriptions of sexual assault, torture and murder.

The author of the letter stated his intentions to post the acts on YouTube.

Also in the envelope was a letter to a second person, with a short portion addressed "Dear Soberick," and stating that he hoped the detective would serve him with the charges, and that he intended to rape him, and that the "fun has just begun."

The letter bore the illegibly scribbled signature of John Anthony Provisiero.

The same day, the addressee also received an envelope containing multiple letters at his home, each containing similar language and graphic descriptions.

Those letters, too, allegedly expressed the wish by Provisiero that he be prosecuted to the fullest extent for the letters.

On July 2, Soberick appeared in Carbon County Court for a parole hearing for Provisiero. Before Soberick testified, both Provisiero and his lawyer acknowledged the letters, and Provisiero admitted to having written them.

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