Firm suspends man accused of threatening lawmaker

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DENVER (AP) -- A man accused of threatening a Colorado lawmaker sponsoring gun-control bills has been suspended from his job as chief operating officer of an information technology firm.

Englewood-based SofTec Solutions Inc. said in a written statement Tuesday that it was shocked to learn of the allegations against Franklin Sain, who was arrested Friday on suspicion of harassment and attempting to influence a public official.

Denver police say Sain is suspected of sending emails, a voicemail and an anonymous letter threatening Democratic state Rep. Rhonda Fields of Aurora.

SofTec Solutions Inc. says Sain has been suspended pending a company investigation. It says SofTec is a minority-owned, small business that won't tolerate racial, sexual, gender-based slurs or threats of violence by employees.

Sain's attorney Siddhartha Rathod contends Sain's free-speech rights are being trampled on.