BOSTON– Federal prosecutors have charged a Texas man with threatening a Boston doctor who treats transgender children.
Matthew Jordan Lindner, 38, of Comfort, Texas, faces a charge of transmitting threats between states. He was arrested in Texas by the FBI on Friday and is expected to appear in federal court in Massachusetts at a later date.
Authorities say the targeted doctor works for a Boston-based National LGBTQ Health Education Center. In August, Jordan allegedly called the center and left a profane and threatening voicemail saying that a group of people were coming for the doctor.
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins said while the threat targeted a specific doctor, it also victimized LGBTQ people and their families.
Over the summer, doctors and other staff at Boston Children’s Hospital also received violent threats related to its medical care for transgender youth. Authorities noted that the threats began after false and misleading claims about the hospital and its work spread online.
It was unclear on Saturday whether Lindner is represented by an attorney. A message left for Lindner on Saturday was not immediately returned.