(KMOV) – A former St. Louis police officer faces charges after authorities say he threatened a gay couple over a pride flag hanging on the porch of their Tower Grove home.
Jeffrey Leveque, 45, was charged Wednesday with felony harassment.
According to court documents, Leveque in December posted a graphic Craiglist posting that revealed the victim’s home address in Tower Grove and targeted the gay pride flag that hung on the porch. The posting stated, in part, “You make me sick everyday when you kiss your girlfriend goodbye.”
Court documents say the online posting followed an incident in which Leveque yelled anti-gay comments when parked outside their home.
“I don’t know if they had been waiting on us or if it was some coincidence that they happened to be right there and angry at the moment we walked out of our house but they pulled up and started yelling slurs and threats,” said Meg Hensley, a professional photographer who lives with her transgender partner.
Police investigated a case of cyber harassment after the Hensley and her partner felt threatened following the Craigslist posting.
“It’s really scary to find out that someone you don’t know spends that much angry energy on you,” said Hensley.
Hensley told News 4 in December she lives in fear of someone she doesn’t know but apparently knows her.
“I just want to express it’s not about a flag it’s about someone threatening my personal safety and the safety of my family and that’s not acceptable,” Hensley said.
St. Louis police got involved since under Missouri law, harassment over electronic communication is illegal.
Leveque's bail was set at $20,000.