Daniel Christopher Leonard, a 32-year-old Olympia resident, is federally charged with making over 1,500 obscene and harassing phone calls to women across the U.S. and Canada using an internet "phone spoof" service that changed the caller ID display when women received his phone calls so they couldn't see that it was the same person calling, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Leonard faces federal charges relating to intentional harassment and issuing threats across state lines.
According to the criminal complaint, the California Police Department opened an investigation in August of 2009, after a Monterey woman reported receiving obscene phone calls at home and work. The calls were coming from a variety of phone numbers and area codes but the voice was the same. Detectives contacted phone spoof services until one confirmed that the victim's phone numbers were in their system.
A warrant issued on March 30, 2010, showed that Leonard had an account with the phone service through which he had allegedly been making more than 1,500 calls, according to the U.S Attorney's Office. The account also indicated that 177 calls had been made to a victim who worked in Leonard's apartment complex. This victim had filed numerous police reports about receiving threatening and obscene phone calls. The victim allegedly told police that she suspected the caller could see her at work when the calls were taking place.
Leonard faces up to three years in prison if found guilty of the federal charge of issuing obscene calls across state lines. He could also face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the federal charge of issuing interstate phone threats.