Italy resident indicted on charges that include threats to State Sen. Lopez


A resident of Italy has been indicted in connection with threats made to a state legislator and his family.

The individual was identified as Alessandro Calcagni. Calcagni was also charged in connection with bomb and extortion threats made to schools and airlines. Among those receiving the threats was Delaware State Sen. Ernesto B. Lopez, R-Lewes, and his family.

Lopez issued the following statement:

In 2016, students and teachers at schools in Delaware and around the region were forced to deal with repeated bomb threats which caused fear, disruption, and trauma.  At the time, I publicly stated to the unknown perpetrators, ‘We will find you.”‘ 

With the unsealing of this federal indictment, the public can now rest assured that the perpetrator has been found.  Mr. Alessandro Calcagni, the individual who made these threats and so many others, has been identified and will live the rest of his days with the shameful stain of his cowardly actions.  While Mr. Calcagni directed much of his anger towards my family, we were able to shoulder the burden and withstand his hateful attacks through the support of friends and colleagues who stood by us.  We especially wish to thank local, state and federal law enforcement officials for not allowing the search for Mr. Calcagni to go cold.     

This case is now resolved and I respectfully request that members of my family be given privacy and that all future questions be directed to the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.

Earlier, Lopez, a longtime state senator in Coastal Sussex County earlier announced he would not seek re-election.

In an interview with the Cape Gazette, Lopez said that in addition to the threats, drugs were mailed to family members. There were also calls claiming that family members were being held hostage