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Upstate Man Arrested For Making Death Threats Against A Reporter

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Joseph Colton Hodge, Photo Courtesy: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office Joseph Colton Hodge, Photo Courtesy: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

Spartanburg County deputies say they have arrested a Spartanburg man for making death threats against a newspaper reporter.

Deputies say 31 year old Joseph Colton Hodge was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with one count of second degree harassment.

A report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office states Colton sent threatening and explicit e-mails and videos and placing those videos on YouTube.

The e-mail contained an attachment of a Michael Jackson song where the lyrics were altered to use the victim's name.

Hodge is currently in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond.

This is not the first time Hodge is alleged to have used YouTube to threaten someone.

Last July, investigators say Hodge, a former volunteer track and field coach at USC Upstate, threatened the school's Athletic Director online.

A judge at that time ruled Hodge could not have contact with athletic director Mike Hall.

Hodge had said Hall had not thanked him for his work as a coach and posted a video on YouTube with the threats.  Hodge said he was venting and never planned to harm anyone.

Hodge was charged with threatening the life of a public official last July and two charges of disseminating obscene material and bonded out of jail.

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