BROWNSTOWN, IN (WISH/AP) — Authorities say a southern Indiana man passed over for a coaching and teaching position allegedly mailed four dead skunks and a dead raccoon to a couple that included the successful applicant.
Travis Tarrants, 40, of West Baden Springs was charged Tuesday in Jackson Circuit Court with two counts each of stalking, intimidation and criminal mischief. He’s being held without bond.
Court documents state that Tarrants began harassing a man because he was chosen over Tarrants for a fourth grade teaching position and basketball coaching position at Springs Valley School Corporation in French Lick.
Investigators believe that Tarrants placed four phone calls to the Department of Child Services, making claims that the victim was engaged in a sexual relationship with an underage student and that he was sexually abusing his fiancee’s daughter.
Tarrants is also accused of placing packages of dead animals in the mail, including four skunks and a raccoon. One of the packages was listed as being sent from the man’s fiancee and was mailed to the Seymour School District Administration building.
Two more packages were intercepted by the Indianapolis Post Office. One was listed as being sent from Medora High School’s athletic director and the other from Brownstown High School’s basketball coach. Both were sent to the victim at Medora High School.
Another package was intercepted at the Jasper Post Office. It contained a dead raccoon and was sent to the post office box for the Medora school. His fiancee was again listed as the sender and also contained a message that said “RESIGN! IT WILL NOT STOP.”
Several letters that were mailed were also located by investigators. Letters were sent to both victims at their place of business, making claims of a sexual relationship with an underage student.
One letter was purported to be from a 15-year-old student. It contained a picture of a man’s genitals and the male victim’s telephone number.
Both victims also received threatening voicemails, threatening to kill the man’s fiancee and her baby. Investigators believe the phone number on the calls was “spoofed” or masked.
Tarrants is also accused of writing “(Explicit) u” and “u will die” on the vehicle’s of the victims in white spray paint.
Search warrants located white spray paint, clothing with white spray paint, a note with the male victim’s name and home address and receipts for envelopes that matched the ones that were sent.
In an interview with investigators, the girlfriend of Tarrants said that he had trapped five to seven live skunks in late spring. She said she thought it was odd that he had kept them alive for several days.
Online court records don’t list an attorney for Tarrants.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.