Police arrested an Ohio man who is accused of sending more than three dozen letters laced with poop to Republican politicians, including Rep. Jim Jordan

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  • Richard John Steinle, 77, was arrested on Friday after sending poop-filled mail to Republican lawmakers.

  • Among the Republican lawmakers who were the intended recipients of such letters was Rep. Jim Jordan.

  • Investigators watched him put on a glove and drop off a letter addressed to Jordan into the mail collection box.

Police on Friday arrested an Ohio man who they say mailed dozens of letters laced with poop to various Republican politicians, Cleveland.com reported.

Among the politicians was Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.

Richard John Steinle, 77, received a misdemeanor charge for mailing potentially hazardous material, which carries a punishment of up to a year in prison along with a $100,000 fine.

Between August 2021 and July 2022, Steinle wrote letters to all 25 Republican members of the Ohio Senate and Jordan. In the letters, he called the lawmakers names like "pig" and called them racist, according to Cleveland.com.

Each of the letters contained or had been streaked with feces.

He had also sent lawmakers in Kentucky and Washington, DC, the same letters.

In July, Postal workers came upon three more letters addressed to Ohio politicians at the collection box, Cleveland.com reported. Then, federal investigators decided to stake out Steinle's house and follow him down to the post office five days later.

Investigators witnessed Steinle put on a glove and drop off a letter into the mail collection box. When investigators retrieved the letter, they opened it and found it smeared with what looked like poop. The envelope also contained a $1 bill and a greeting card.

Then investigators found similar letters sent to other government offices in parts of the country, including California.

Steinle's hearing is set for August 25.

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