Katherine Anne McCloskey and Seamus Johnston have been questioned by the FBI investigating ongoing bomb threats that have been received at the University of Pittsburgh. The two were questioned for nearly three hours last week and have been ordered to appear in front of a federal grand jury on Tuesday.
Both McCloskey, 55, and Johnston, 22, are transsexual, and both deny that they are involved in the bomb threats. According to McCloskey “We have absolutely nothing to do with (the threats), except for wanting the people who are making the threats caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Whoever is doing this is a lunatic.”
Both of them have surrendered their computers for study and will appear before the grand jury.
Johnston stated “I’m very afraid, but I’m as confident as any innocent person can be in this country.” So far, it is not clear if anyone else has been ordered to appear at the grand jury, and the coujple did not know of any other subpoenas. The US Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case.
McCloskey believed that her and Johnston’s names were given to the authorities due to an ongoing legal dispute between Johnston and the university. According to Pittsburgh Live:
The university in January expelled Johnston, a junior computer science student, from Pitt-Johnstown this year and charged him with indecent exposure after he used a men’s locker room. His birth certificate identifies him as female though he is undergoing hormone therapy.
Johnston is appealing the expulsion to Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and is awaiting trial on the criminal charges. He said he filed a civil lawsuit and complaints with several human relations commissions against the university.
“They already had this issue going on. Why not kill an extra bird with one stone?” Johnston said.