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Schuylkill man heads to court in threats case

A Schuylkill County man who posted rambling diatribes on Facebook, calling for people to join him in killing judges, child welfare workers, gossips and upper-class housewives on Monday chose to give up his right to a preliminary hearing.

That means Bart J. Aquino, 28, of Ashland, will next appear in county court, where he could choose to plead guilty or face trial.

Aquino remains jailed under $75,000 cash bail.

His preliminary hearing was to have been held before District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville.

Aquino posted the threats on March 12 under the name “Bill Bart.”

Ashland police charged him with terroristic threats (intent to terrorize another), terroristic threats (causing a serious public inconvenience), and harassment.

District Attorney Michael A. O’Pake said that as soon as county Sheriff Joseph G. Groody spotted the threats, each county department was notified.

“I can see it now, carrying Ak-47s openly throughout the streets of Schuylkill County armed to the teeth with Molotov’s and my handy canteen of vodka at my side. A secession from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania is soon at hand. Who wants to join me in hanging every judge, every lawyer, every single last member of law enforcement, every wealthy politician, every bureaucrat, every single person whom stands in the way of progress, every pedophile, every rapist, every last sex offender, every drug addict and every narcotic distributor. It is all happening right here in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The population may be severely diminished afterwards but at least we the victors of the revolution can lead the way towards a brighter future,” he wrote.

“We will formerly recognize this newly conquered territory as ‘The Common People’s Wealth’ I am armed and I am prepared. Join me and the Right To Free Speech will still strictly be upheld. Our right to bear arms will never be infringed upon again. And never will there come a day when man becomes subject to imprisonment. We will burn the banks and prisons to the ground. We shall ransack the buildings of child protective services and have them put before a firing squad. We shall kill the gossip mongers and upper-class house wives,” Aquino wrote.

Aquino has no other criminal record in Pennsylvania, according to online judicial records.