- Richard John Steinle, 77, was arrested Friday after sending excrement-filled mail to Republican lawmakers.
- Among the Republican legislators who were the intended recipients of such letters was Rep. Jim Jordan.
- Investigators saw him put on a glove and drop a letter addressed to Jordan into the mailbox.
Police arrested an Ohio man Friday who they say mailed dozens of feces-coated letters to various Republican politicians, Cleveland.com reported.
Rep. was among the politicians. Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Richard John Steinle, 77, received a misdemeanor charge of sending potentially hazardous material, which is punishable by up to a year in prison along with a $100,000 fine.
Between August 2021 and July 2022, Steinle wrote letters to 25 Republican members of the Ohio Senate and Jordan. In the letters, he called lawmakers names like “pigs” and called them racist, according to Cleveland.com.
Each of the letters contained or was smeared with feces.
He had also sent lawmakers in Kentucky and Washington, DC, the same letters.
In July, postal workers found three more letters addressed to Ohio politicians in the collection box, Cleveland.com reported. Federal investigators then decided to raid Steinle’s home and follow him to the post office five days later.
Investigators testified that Steinle put on a glove and dropped a letter into the mailbox. When investigators received the letter, they opened it and found it smeared with what appeared to be feces. The envelope also contained a $1 bill and a greeting card.
Then investigators found similar letters sent to other government offices in parts of the country, including California.
Steinle’s hearing is set for August 25.