John Paul Warzecha, 41, Ironton, has been charged with one felony count of making terroristic threats with reckless disregard for risk and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.
On March 11, the children of Warzecha reported to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office their father appeared upset, angry and swore at them when he was burning his clothing in the yard. They said the clothing had been purchased by their mother.
The children also said Warzecha had given away fishing equipment received from his wife.
The children told officers that soon after they allegedly saw their father loading a .22 pistol. When they asked why, he said it was, “In case things got out of hand,” when their mother got home.
The children also told officers Warzecha allegedly said he would have to beat up their mother if she got home with an attitude.
The children called their mother at work and when she arrived home, they told her about the gun. The three drove away from the scene.
The children’s mother returned to the home and confronted Warzecha about scaring them. He allegedly asked her to lie down on the ground as if she had been shot to see what the children would say when they saw her. She left the property.
According to the criminal report, an investigator with Social Services interviewed Warzecha March 15. He allegedly admitted holding a gun to his wife’s head several years ago and said he burned his clothes because his dresser was full.
Warzecha told investigators he loaded the pistol in front of his children, but said they took it wrong when he said he may have to use it later.
He also admitted calling the children names.
If convicted, Warzecha faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.