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School employee threatened by ex, fears for students and staff; suspect arrested

Timothy S. Smyth (Source: LMDC) Timothy S. Smyth (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An employee of a JCPS elementary school fears for her safety and the safety of students and co-workers because of an ex-boyfriend who has threatened her repeatedly and shown up on school property, according to an arrest warrant.

The Englehard Elementary School employee told police Timothy S. Smyth, 41, has called the school and her cell phone numerous times and has even come to the school on several occasions asking for the woman.

The victim and Smyth dated approximately 10 years ago, police said. Smyth spent time in prison and was released in September 2012. Since that time, he stayed with the victim on and off until January 10, 2014. Now, the woman says, Smyth won't leave her alone.

The victim told police that on March 17, Smyth  telephoned the school at least eight times and also called her cell phone repeatedly. According to the warrant, co-workers of the victim activated a phone's speaker function and heard Smyth threaten the woman, saying, "I'll break out every window in your car. I will get you, you [expletives]." He also left numerous messages and text messages on the woman's cell phone, calling her "trash" and telling her she isn't Christian.

Police said Smyth showed up at the school at approximately 3:35 p.m. on March 17, but employees refused to let him in the building. Witnesses said Smyth tried to open the school's doors and also stood beside the victim's car before leaving. He then continued to call the woman's cell phone, police said.

According to investigators, Smyth has been violent with others and has grabbed the victim by the arms in the past. She has repeatedly told Smyth to leave her alone, but he persists in contacting her, police said.

The warrant states the victim "very much fears for her own safety as well as her co-workers and students in her school."

A spokesman for Jefferson County Public Schools said Englehard families were being notified about the situation on Wednesday.

Smyth was arrested March 18 and charged with third-degree terroristic threatening and harassing communications.

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