- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge has been asked to reconsider a magistrate’s order to release a 19-year-old Pennsylvania man while he awaits trial on charges that he made Facebook threats to kill preschool children.

Nineteen-year-old Cale Haer (KAYL HAYR), of Johnstown, has told authorities he was joking, has a dark sense of humor, and never intended to carry out the threats posted last month.

But federal prosecutors have nonetheless asked U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson to jail Haer until he can stand trial, claiming he’s a danger to the community.

Haer’s public defender disputes that and a magistrate agreed last week to release Haer to the custody of his father, a guard at the state prison in Somerset.

But Haer has remained jailed while prosecutors appealed the matter to Gibson, who will hear the detention request Wednesday afternoon.

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