Rochester Area Man Accused of Threatening Former President Bush

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM EDT

By WKBW Programming


Credit: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Courtesy: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (Jay Capers - staff photographer)

October 26, 2010 Updated Oct 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A 23-year-old man from Greece, NY has been arrested and charged for allegedly making threats against former president George W. Bush, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ian Rotunno, who resides in the Rochester suburb of Greece, had apparently posted a large number of rants on his Facebook page threatening to harm the 'big wigs' in Washington.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Rotunno also made verbal threats while at work that he intended to kill former President George W. Bush.

The charges come as a result of an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service, Greece Police Department and the Oswego Police Department.

Rotunno was in federal court in Rochester on Monday where he was arraigned on a Criminal Complaint charging him with threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm on a former President of the United States. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.

Rotunno remains in custody and is scheduled for a detention hearing on November 15.