PALISADES PARK, N.J. – A former corrections officer caught doing it several times before sent threatening letters to several Bergen County towns -- including to police in Paramus, Fair Lawn and Garfield and to businesses in Englewood and Allendale, authorities said Thursday.
Nikolay Levinson, 34, now living in Palisades Park, sent “harassing and threatening letters” to police in the three towns and followed up with "racial, homophobic, and threatening messages” to several local businesses, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal said.
Detectives and local police were investigating when “two more letters were sent to businesses in Englewood and Allendale," Grewal said. "These letters contained anti-Semitic and racist remarks.”
A judge ordered Levinson held in the Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing Monday on various counts charges of making terroristic threats, bias intimidation and harassment.
Levinson has been charged over the past few years with sending similar letters to various public servants and residents throughout Bergen County – including some in Fort Lee, Leonia, Tenafly, Montvale and Paramus.
The New York City Police Department and the Baltimore (Maryland) Department of Public Safety and Corrections Services received similar letters, as did people from private businesses, managers at TD Bank branches and houses of worship, authorities said.
Some of the letters contained information pertaining to officers’ family members, authorities said following incidents two years ago. Some letters also contained explicitly graphic nude pictures of males engaging in sex acts, they said.
Retired Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli began receiving letters in 2009 alleging sexual abuse, official misconduct and other criminal acts, authorities said at the time.
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