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Posted on: January 14, 2019

Police Press Release - Bethlehem Police arrest man for hate crime charges against local church

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            On Friday, January 11, 2019, at 11:03PM, The Bethlehem Police Department arrested a man in regards to an outstanding felony arrest warrant that was based upon an investigation that began in October.  In late October of 2018, a church in Glenmont received harassing phone calls from an individual who threatened to harm multiple members of the congregation and made numerous comments against individuals of a specific sexual orientation.

            After an investigation the Bethlehem Police Department determined that the individual responsible for the calls was Shawn P. Grady, 37.  Grady was located and arrested on January 11th in Glenmont by members of the Bethlehem Police Department.  Grady is believed to be undomiciled, and listed no permanent address at the time of his arrest. Grady was charged with felony counts of Making a Terroristic Threat, and Aggravated Harassment in the second degree, as a hate crime.  The Aggravated Harassment charge is elevated to a felony based upon the State’s hate crime statutes, for enhanced penalties for those who commit crimes directed at individuals based upon a variety of factors, including sexual orientation.

            Grady was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by the Honorable Judge Ryan Donovan, and remanded to the Albany County Jail, without bail.  A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 4:00 PM in the Town of Bethlehem Court.