Matthew Felts, choir director at the First Christian Church, harassed a person multiple times through phone calls and a Facebook post before his arrest July 4, according to a probable cause statement written by MU Police officer Thomas Genson.

Felts left a voicemail with the business of a person identified in the statement only as E.M. on July 3. The next day during a mutually agreed-upon phone call, Felts used multiple racial slurs against E.M and called the person's wife a "slut" and "whore," Genson wrote.

During that call, he also allegedly made vague threats to E.M.'s safety. 

According to the probable cause statement, Felts "made a Facebook post calling E.M.'s wife a whore and challenging E.M. to come to his house."

Genson wrote that when he went to Felts' house to arrest him, Felts refused to open the door for over 20 minutes after he was informed of the charges being pursued against him. 

Felts, who was the choir director at Hickman High School from 2007 to 2014, was previously charged in late 2014 with stalking. He later faced felony charges in 2015 for suspicion of stalking and violating an order of protection. He now faces charges of second-degree harassment and resisting or interfering with an arrest.

Felts has since posted his $20,000 bond and been released. 

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