Sheriff’s Department investigates text threat against mayor

ENCINITAS — The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a threat made against Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear the evening of July 2, The Coast News has learned.
Blakespear reported the threat July 3 to sheriff’s investigators.
The message, which The Coast News has chosen not to publish, came from a disposable cell phone. The unknown messenger called the mayor “Cathy” and said they had dreams of committing violent sexual acts against Blakespear.

Capt. John Maryon said the department is taking the threat seriously.
“A crime report was taken and it is being investigated,” Maryon said. “We are taking this seriously. To send something like that is not right, and it’s illegal.”
Blakespear said she is taking extra precautions with her family.
“Threatening sexual violence is aimed at making me feel fearful and vulnerable as a woman. Its goal is to terrorize me, and I recognize that,” Blakespear said. “I don’t know who sent me that text message but the sheriff is investigating. I’m taking extra precautions to protect myself and my family.”
Blakespear was elected to the two-year mayoral term in November after serving two years on the City Council.

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