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Spartanburg man accused of threatening to kill Upstate reporter

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Joseph Colton Hodge (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center) Joseph Colton Hodge (Source: Spartanburg Co. Detention Center)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said a man who was charged with making threats against an Upstate athletic director was arrested again, accused of threatening to kill an Upstate journalist.

Spartanburg County deputies said officials with the Spartanburg Herald-Journal newspaper filed complaints that Joseph Colton Hodge, 31, had posted a video online threatening one of their reporters in addition to sending several explicit and threatening emails.

Deputies said the most recent video link sent to the paper was of Hodge singing Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal, but instead of using the song's character "Annie," Hodge replaced it with the reporter's name and also included a photo of her in the video.

According to his arrest warrant, Hodge threatened to kill the reporter and continuously harassed her.

Hodge was arrested on Thursday, charged with second-degree harassment.

Hodge served four years as a voluntary assistant coach for the University of South Carolina Upstate track and field program, up until his resignation in 2012. He resigned prior to his arrest his July 2012 arrest after he was accused of posting a rap video on YouTube that police said threatened the university's athletic director.

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