Published On: Sun, Sep 18th, 2016

Indiana man accused of mailing dead skunks, raccoon to rival for job

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An Indiana man passed over for a coaching and teaching position allegedly mailed four dead skunks and a dead raccoon to the person who was hired in his stead.Snubbed job applicant ‘mails dead SKUNKS and raccoons to winner of a teaching position at Indiana school’

  • Travis Tarrants, 40, charged with stalking, intimidation and criminal mischief
  • Alleged harassment started after Tarrants was passed over for a basketball coaching position and fourth-grade teaching job
  • Tarrants is accused of sending his rival a package containing a dead raccoon and a note that said, ‘Resign! It Will Not Stop’
  • Spurned job applicant also allegedly called child services accusing his rival of sexually abusing children 
  • The 40-year-old suspect also is accused of threatening to kill teacher’s fiancee and her baby, and spray painting ‘u will die’ on their car 

An Indiana man passed over for a coaching and teaching position allegedly mailed four dead skunks and a dead raccoon to the person who was hired in his stead.

Travis Tarrants, 40, of West Baden Springs, was charged Tuesday in Jackson Circuit Court with two counts each of stalking, intimidation and criminal mischief. He was being held without bond.

Tarrants began harassing the successful applicant because he was chosen over Tarrants for a basketball coaching position and fourth-grade teaching job at the Springs Valley School Corp. in French Lick, WISH-TV reported.

One of the packages intercepted at a post office contained a dead raccoon and a message that said, ‘Resign! It Will Not Stop,’ court documents said.

Investigators also believe that Tarrants placed four phone calls to the Indiana Department of Child Services, making claims that his rival was having sex with an underage student and was sexually abusing the daughter of an acquaintance.

Letters alleging a sexual relationship with an underage student also were sent to both the teacher and his fiancee at their jobs, the documents said. One contained a picture of a man’s genitals and the teacher’s telephone number.

Both victims also received voicemail messages threatening to kill the man’s fiancee and her baby. The 40-year-old suspect also is accused of spray painting ‘u will die’ and an expletive on vehicles belonging to the victims.

Tarrants’ girlfriend told investigators that he had trapped five to seven skunks in late spring and kept them alive for several days.

Courtesy: Daily Mail

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