West Virginia State Police have arrested a Webster Springs man in connection to posts he made on a popular website known as Topix.
State Police charged Travis Neil Cooper, 28, with two counts of threatening communications using a computer and one count of possession of marijuana. Cooper, known as "The Reverend Malice" on the Cowen Topix forum was arrested after posting "RIP" on a thread of the forum. Another user known as Becky, the mother of the students being discussed in the particular forum, commented back asking if "The Reverend Malice" was threatening her or her family. "The Reverend Malice" responded with a post saying "yes as a matter of fact I'm threatening your family. You'll know who I am later. Much later. RIP."
On March 29, Sgt. Carpenter of the W.Va. State Police served a search warrant on the Topix website to attempt to identify "The Reverend Malice". Topix responded to the search warrant on April 8 and provided state police with information that "The Reverend Malice" was using a Frontier Communications email and gave police his email address and the IP address Cooper was using to log onto the Topix website.
On April 9, Trooper Bostic obtained a search warrant on Frontier Communications for information related to the email and IP address. Frontier Communications returned information that indicated the account was owned by Cooper's parents. Trooper Bostic served a search warrant on the Cooper home and recovered a computer. Cooper confessed to state police that he used the computer to make the threatening posts. During the search, Troopers found a smoke device commonly used for smoke marijuana. Cooper admitted he had marijuana in his bedroom.
Cooper has a hearing scheduled for May 10 at 2 p.m. in Webster County Magistrate Court, according to the Prosecuting Attorney's office.