SOUTHINGTON - Prosecutors have dropped a case against a Milford man who had been charged with leaving a number of harassing messages at a Southington bank.
Jonathan Estok, 40, received a nolle during a hearing in New Britain Superior Court on Wednesday. A nolle means prosecutors decided not to pursue the matter.
The case will be open for 13 months and, during that time, it can be reopened if any issues arise. Otherwise, the charges will be dismissed as if Estok had been found not guilty after a trial.
State prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley said the decision not to prosecute Estok took into account the anger management treatment he sought while the matter was pending.
Police arrested Estok in October 2018 after he allegedly used vulgar language and made “several inappropriate references about” a female bank employee’s “anatomy” during a voicemail left in September of that year, according to the arrest warrant.
He had been charged with second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct.
According to the warrant, a bank employee called Estok on Sept. 7, 2018, to follow up with complaints he made that day about overdraft fees. She left a voicemail and returned to work a week later after being out of the office.
Upon listening to her voicemail, the woman heard several messages from Estok in which he used vulgar language and told the victim she would be fired if she reported the voicemails, the warrant said. 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, court documents said. “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 in October 2018, Estok said the references he made to the FBI were in connected 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 referring 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 wrote. "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 firstname.lastname@example.org.