DELRAY BEACH, Fla. -- A grudge-prone serial crank caller sang violent death threats to a judge, phoned a doctor so many times he had to change his number, and called the Delray Beach Police Department more than 50 times in a single day after a police officer reportedly looked at him the wrong way at a Walmart.
Alan Lester Sokol, 60, of Delray Beach, also tried to cover his tracks by using a magicJack phone device that allowed him to make calls from out-of-state decoy numbers.
To no avail. Investigators with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office tracked the retiree down after serving subpoenas on YMAX Communications Corp, the West Palm Beach company behind magicJack, and Comcast, Sokol's Internet provider.
He was arrested Wednesday.
By his own admission, Sokol held a 12-year grudge against Judge Nelson E. Bailey since appearing before the judge in a domestic violence case in 2000, according to an arrest report.
Sokol blamed Bailey for raising his bail in that case, which in turn put his mother in a financial bind, police said.
Filled with swearing, racial epithets, homophobia, insults and death threats, the bulk of Sokol's voice mail messages to Bailey's assistant can't be published because of their sheer obscenity.
"You know it'd be worth goin' to the 'f-----' gas chamber to f-----' whack you, you f-----' piece of s---," he said in one July 14 voice mail. In another, he also allegedly threatened to pistol-whip Bailey. In others, he sang profanity-laced and threatening songs.
Police said the retiree's phone antics didn't start and stop with the 15th Judicial Circuit Court judge.
Sokol also dialed Delray Beach Police more than 50 times in a 24-hour period on July 30. He told police he wanted "revenge" because a Delray Beach police officer had given him a dirty look at Walmart.
"At that point, you're not only occupying our dispatchers' time, you're occupying phone lines that could be used to deal with real emergencies," said Sgt. Nicole Guerriero, Delray Beach police spokeswoman. "It poses a huge threat to our community."
Between July and October 2011, Sokol also bombarded the office and home of Dr. Pierre Andre, a medical doctor who specializes in psychiatry, with racist phone calls. Police said the calls became so relentless that Dr. Andre changed his home phone number.
Sokol used the magicJack — a USB port and phone jack device used to make Internet calls — to switch his outgoing phone number to a Texas number, police said.
He is also believed to have made similar phone calls to police departments in Hollywood, Fla., and Fairhaven, Mass., according to the arrest report.
Confronted by police, Sokol admitted to calling Bailey's assistant and threatening the judge in seven messages left on July 14 and 22, police said. Unapologetic, Sokol called the judge a "worm." Asked about Dr. Andre, Sokol said he was angry because the doctor referred him to another physician, police said.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement records showed that Sokol has been arrested several times since the early 1970s for offenses including cocaine possession and battery.
Sokol now faces stalking and harassment charges as well as one count of commit misdemeanor with evidence of prejudice.
Staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report
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