Milford man pleads not guilty to leaving harassing messages at Southington bank

Published on Thursday, 21 February 2019 16:10
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SOUTHINGTON - A Milford man has pleaded not guilty to leaving a number of harassing messages at a Southington bank.

Jonathan Estok, 39, allegedly used vulgar language and made “several inappropriate references about” a female bank employee’s “anatomy,” according to the arrest warrant.

Estok appeared on Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where he entered a not guilty plea to charges of second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct. His case was continued to March 28. 

According to the warrant, a bank employee called Estok on Sept. 7 to follow up with complaints he made that day about overdraft fees. She left a voicemail and returned to work on Sept. 14 after being out of the office.

Upon listening to her voicemail, the woman heard several messages from Estok in which he allegedly used vulgar language and told the victim she would be fired if she reported the voicemails. Police said he also rambled during the messages and referenced the FBI, the CIA and “the government” multiple times.

“Oh by the way, how do you like the new US President?” Estok asked in the voicemails. “You gonna (sic) cry over it you Alt Left? How’s that? How’s that? Maybe you’ll get deported after this.”

Police wrote in the warrant that Estok admitted to leaving the voicemails and was cooperative with investigators.

In an email correspondence to the Bristol Press, Estok said the references he made to the FBI were in regards to an "ongoing investigation which I started regarding bank fraud being committed by the Bank."  

"I have LEGALLY made phone recording of several bank tellers talking about the fraud," the email continued.

Estok also said in the correspondence that the references noted by police to "the government" were referencing his past employment as both a state and federal employee of the government, he contends. 

"I never said she would be fired if she reported the voice mails," Estok said. "I asked her to report bank fraud and said if she didn’t she could be healed (sic) liable because she knew of a bank issue and didn’t report it to the consumer fraud department making her an accessory."

"The police report itself is factually incorrect," Estok maintains.  

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 21 February 2019 16:10. Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 16:13.