ST. PAUL (AP) -- A 35-year-old Mounds View man is accused of making nine threatening phone calls to Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Voice-mail recordings from Sunday show Daniel John Barta swore and threatened acts of sexual violence against Ventura's teen-age children, said state Patrol Capt. Jay Swanson, head of the Capitol security.
The St. Paul city attorney charged Barta in Ramsey County District Court with three misdemeanor counts of making harassing communications and ordered him to have no contact with the governor or his family, Swanson said Thursday.
Public Safety Department spokeswoman Cathy Clark said the best explanation authorities could come up with for Barta's actions was ''an upset-with-government thing.''
Barta has a criminal record, with a conviction in Ramsey County District Court for stabbing a man after a St. Paul traffic altercation in 1990 and a conviction in Washington County for threatening an Oakdale police officer in 1995, Swanson said.
He also has five convictions for driving while intoxicated.
Barta was released from jail after posting a $4,200 bond, Swanson said.
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