Man accused of harassing Sandy Hook staff over shooting ‘fabrication’ faces judge
Brigeport, CT — A man accused of leaving harassing phone messages for the staff of the Sandy Hook Elementary School faced a judge on Wednesday.
Timothy Rogalski, 30, of Wallingford, was arrested on Tuesday, according to police.
The staff of the school, which is located in Monroe, said a man left four disturbing messages on the school’s answering machine accusing them of fabricating the shooting that left 26 students and staff dead on Dec. 14, 2012.
He called again later Tuesday morning and allegedly spoke with an administrative assistant at the school.
Police said they were able to trace the calls back to Rogalski. He was then arrested at his home in Wallingford.
He originally used his father’s name in the first call and said he wanted to enroll a child.
“I just wanted to make sure that there was going to be no fake shooting on the day that I enrolled him,” court records showed Rogalski said. “I just wanted to clarify that he wouldn’t get shot by a fake Adam Lanza.”
He eventually asked if Kaitlin Roig could be his teacher. Roig was teaching when the deadly shooting happened.
“I know I may have offended people, but they were words, and I made no threats. I wasn’t going to do anything,” Rogalski said.
Police also said Rogalski called again and told a secretary his daughter would be absent from school. When the secretary asked for a name, he allegedly said Dawn Hochsprung, the name of the deceased principal. The secretary then hung up the phone.
Later, police said they learned that Rogalski also left messages for two other schools in Newtown.
Rogalski was held in the Monroe Police Department lockup.
An officer from the Newtown Police Department issued him a misdemeanor summons charging him with harassment.
He is being held on a $50,000 bond and is ordered to have no contact with the school’s secretary or go to the school.
The judge also ordered a psychological exam.
He is expected to be in court again on April 22.