A Sorrento man who for years has harassed the parents of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, claiming it never occurred — was arrested early this morning by Lake County deputy sheriffs on charges that he was in possession of another person’s identification.
Halbig was released after posting $5,000 bail nearly two hours after he was booked into the Lake County Jail at 3:18 a.m., according to county jail records. He is charged with a first-degree misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in prison.
Halbig, 73, gained national notoriety for his dark fixation on whether the Dec. 14, 2012 mass shooting that left 20 first graders and six adults dead at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., happened or was the result of a wicked government conspiracy.
Halbig is also named in several defamation lawsuits filed by the victims’ families. Right-wing radio host Alex Jones said Halbig fed him conspiracy theories — including more than 4,000 emails over several years — that the mass shooting was staged by the federal government as a way to bring forth more gun-control legislation.
Halbig has also claimed that the child victims were crisis actors, and he has requested documents that include gruesome photos of the shooting scene.
In recent months, Halbig has claimed that the Pulse nightclub shooting in June 2016 that killed 49 people and wounded 53 people in Orlando also never occurred.
According to an arrest affidavit, Halbig repeatedly emailed several people and law enforcement agencies the Social Security number, birth date and other information of Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son, Noah, died at Sandy Hook.
Pozner reported to sheriff officials that since Feb. 18, 2018, Halbig has continued to harass him over the internet.
Pozner filed a lawsuit against Halbig in 2015 in Lake County and got an injunction against Halbig requiring him to remove Pozner’s address, phone number and email address from his website.
Halbig is a former Lake County school district district manager who made an unsuccessful run for a county commission seat in 2010. He also worked as a security director for Seminole County schools in the mid 1990s.
As Halbig’s obsession with the Sandy Hook shooting grew over the years, Lake deputies were called to his home on Hawks Lane Run several times.
He often claimed that he was being “cyber stalked” on the Internet, threatened physically and that law-enforcement officers in plain clothes came to his home to demand that he stop inquiring about the Sandy Hook shooting, according to Sheriff’s Office incident reports.
(c)2020 The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.)
Visit The Orlando Sentinel (Orlando, Fla.) at www.OrlandoSentinel.com
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.