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A grand jury indicted an Ohio man on three felony counts after he allegedly threatened to burn down a local Planned Parenthood clinic last year, the Department of Justice announced following the man’s arrest on Thursday.

Mohamed Farah Waes, 31, of Columbus, allegedly threatened to burn down a Planned Parenthood health clinic “and everyone inside of it” on July 5, 2022, according to the Justice Department. Waes made the alleged threats through a phone call, in order to intimidate “the employees of PPGOH from providing reproductive health services,” according to the indictment.

Planned Parenthood operates 17 clinics throughout Ohio, which provide abortions, birth control, adoption referrals, cervical cancer screenings, gender-affirming care hormone therapy and HIV testing and counseling, among other services, according to its website.

The felonies charge Waes with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, a 1994 law that makes it a federal crime to threaten anyone receiving or providing reproductive health services; making threatening statements through interstate communications; and threatening to destroy a building by means of fire and explosive, according to information released by the Justice Department.

It was not immediately clear why Waes is facing the interstate communication charge. A Department of Justice spokesperson did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

Court records show Waes was arrested in Columbus, a little more than two weeks after the indictment was filed, and that he is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, which is responsible for detaining people arrested by federal agencies.

He is next due in court on Tuesday for his arraignment, court records show.

Waes faces up to a decade in prison on each count, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted, according to the Department of Justice.

Waes’ attorney, Eric Brehm, said in a statement provided to NBC News: “Mr. Waes maintains his innocence to these allegations and is seeking his immediate release. The facts contained in the indictment are very unusual. I hope that we can move this forward in the coming weeks. I will reserve further commentary until I have an opportunity to review the government’s file.”

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