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E'town man sentenced in federal court

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Officials: Gambino threatened social workers, foster parents

An Elizabethtown man has been sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for making threatening communications with the intent to injure a Hardin County Social Services worker, a Constituent Services employee from the Kentucky Governor’s Office and two foster care parents.

Anthony J. Gambino, 45, pleaded guilty June 7 to a 12-count indictment. The sentencing was announced last Monday in U.S. District Court in Louisville.

According to court records, in June 2008, Gambino’s two children were taken into state protective custody and later placed with foster parents. At that time, Gambino and his wife were under investigation for allegations of abusing their two children. From June 2008 to September 2009, Gambino had supervised visitations with his children at the Family Services Office in Hardin County.

During that time, Gambino believed his children would not be returned to him and began making threatening phone calls to employees of Family Services and Commonwealth Constituent Services. Both agencies were involved with his children’s cases. Gambino has admitted to making threatening phone calls to the children’s foster parents during the same time.

The calls were all recorded on voicemails and/or answering machines. The contents of these telephone calls threatened death and/or serious physical harm to each of the victims. Call detail reports for Gambino’s cellphone were obtained from the wireless service provider and those records determined the victims’ were called by the phone subscribed to him at the date and time the threatening voicemails were left.