Vulgar, threatening emails came from SLO County Supervisor Adam Hill’s home

February 2, 2020

Supervisor Adam Hill

By CCT STAFF

The emails to popular local radio talk show host Dave Congalton were taunting and sexually perverse. And, after a lengthy criminal investigation, the district attorney’s office determined that the emails came from the home of San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Adam Hill.

The emails began in July 2016 and used the name “Sal Krill.” Among the half-dozen messages to Congalton, a KVEC radio icon who has been critical of Hill, were mocking attacks about the suicide of one of Congalton’s friends and his divorce.

“I wanted to know who would be that despicable to make light of a suicide?” Congalton said on his show Wednesday. “Who was the person who was taunting me about my divorce and the suicide of a close personal friend?

Hill has used a false identification before. In 2012, he pretended to be Ed Waage, his opponent in the District 3 supervisor race. He left a voicemail for a woman who had written a letter to the editor. The message mocked the woman for her letter.

Because the emails to Congalton are unsuitable for children and disturbing to some adults, they have been redacted with uncensored copies available through provided links.

In a July 20, 2016 email, salkrill12@gmail.com wrote to Congalton making vulgar comments about reporters from CalCoastNews and cruel remarks about Congalton’s former wife Charlotte, and ending with a threat.

“You still f****** dogs like velie or 4-legged kinds? we pray for Charlotte’s soul in this time of transition. may she survive the horror that is you, that has always been you and that came out for real when you began f******* karen velie and giving b****** to dan blackburn. you have only begun to pay, congalton.” Link to full email.

A day later, salkrill12@gmail.com sent another email making more vulgar attacks.

“Congalton Show(s) his bare ass! Don’t worry, Dave! Even a D-list local celebrity with three chins can get laid by a vulnerable person who wants to pretend you are important! And when Velie doesn’t want you to pluck her mustache and Blackburn doesn’t need your finger up his ***, you can pleasure **** **** who is known to enjoy killing puppies after sex! Dave? F*** you!” Link to full email.

Congalton then took his computer to the district attorney’s office, which opened a criminal investigation into the threatening and harassing emails. After a judge signed off on a request for a search warrant to Gmail, district attorney investigators learned the emails came from Hill’s home.

Investigators questioned both Hill and his wife at the time, Dee Torres-Hill; both denied they sent the emails. Attorney Don Ernst, representing the Hills, told prosecutors that if the district attorney filed charges, he would argue his clients’ IP address had been hacked.

Although criminal charges have not been filed, the district attorney’s office recently released records of the investigation to Congalton showing the emails came from Hill’s home.

Congalton told his radio audience, ”Those of you who are liberal, you go after Trump supporters and their blind allegiance to Donald Trump. Conservatives feel the same way about you and your blind allegiance to Adam Hill. Hill is a bully. He goes after people. You cross him, he destroys you.”

In the 2012 voicemail, Hill left the following message on Pismo Beach resident Shelia Blake’s answering machine, calling her names and claiming to be Waage.

“Hi Mrs. Blake, I read your letter in the Tribune, are you a communist, or a socialist, or both or maybe a Marxist, this is Ed Waage. Just wanted to let you know what I thought,” the message says.

Hill denied leaving the voicemail, but after CalCoastNews posted audio of the voicemail, that clearly sounded like Hill, he admitted he made the call. He said he was only “joking.”


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JordanJ

If everyone who Adam Hill has threatened, or asked for a bribe, came forward this county would be a better place. But many are afraid of the harm Adam Hill’s attacks cause to reputations and livelihoods. We need to stand by those who this bully has targeted.


Kalifornia_Bud

Do we really want this clown representing us?


C’mon people! Wake up!


5cityLife

If Trump is the bar does it matter? A spatula could rep us and be as corrupt and vulgar as they want.


TKG

Look at the stuff that Hill is saying! While many dislike Trump, he doesn’t come close to saying this kind of stuff. Hill makes Trump look far better than himself…


George Garrigues

I found these on the internet, so of course they must be true (joke):


From Mr. Hill’s website: “A resident of San Luis Obispo County since 1995, Adam Hill taught literature and writing at Cal Poly for 13 years.”


From Quora.com: “Hacking in to an email account is easier and faster than you may expect. In fact it takes less than 15 minutes, according to a new study. A class of volunteers, including a TV producer, a self-employed baker and a retiree, were able to learn how to hack into someone’s account in less than quarter of an hour.”


MysticOne

Hacking into an email account will still have the IP address of the hacker logged, wether it be the hackers real IP or a VPN/Proxy IP. Finding out and then spoofing a public IP address is near impossible. Hiding ones IP is easy (VPN/Proxy/etc). If investigators confirmed the IP address is tied to his internet account that is very damning evidence against him and really is a slam dunk for prosecutors… pretty much every anonymous hacker caught was done so by their real IP, and no defense (ie. someone ‘hacked’ my IP) got them anything but a guilty verdict by the feds.


dan

The IP address only identifies the location the emails originated from. In order to charge someone, the DA has to be able to say it was Hill or Torres using a computer connected to the IP address identified by Google.


JordanJ

Adam Hill and his close little group of thugs, ran the establishment Democrats out and put in a group of people who started the SLO Progressives. This is not about liberal or conservative views, this is about control.


Then Hill and others take back door money from cannabis and get people like Ellen Beraud to run to support Hill’s votes on cannabis and privatizing the Paso Roble water basin. Who cares if 80% of the public don’t want it, Adam Hill and Ellen Beraud do.


mary margaret

Is Dan Dow going to charge Mr. Hill ? It’s time to hold Hill accountable for his horrid, illegal behavior.


hazel eyes

What charges exactly?


JordanJ

The only way to get a judge to sign off on a search warrant is to investigate criminal acts. The judge determined it was criminal and signed off on the warrant to determine who was the perpetrator. This appears it was threatening and ongoing online harassment, both can be criminal.


Cindy

Thank you Dave for telling the public about this. Adam Hill bullies anyone who questions his bad behavior. This is not about left or right, this is about community.


diamond

Being a threatening Deranged foul mouth douche bag is so in right now. I hope Dave at least takes out a permanent restraining order against Adam so it will be on his record. Don’t Hold your breath that plea deal Dan Dow will Make make an effort in between luncheons to do anything about it as he’s not up for reelection for another two years and has a Big soft spot for rapist cops, guys who punch out women and ”businessmen” who fleece citizens. Just curious, does Adam have a real job or does he just live off taxpayers?


hazel eyes

I’m definitely not on the left. This dude is the biggest idiot and should be punished. But I’d like to know exactly what law he has broken. You can’t be thrown in jail or prosecuted for being an A-hole or an idiot otherwise most of these elected officials would be in trouble


hotdog

Very interesting. As a lifelong liberal I am always amazed at the adoration the masses of ignorant conservatives give their faulty leaders. And of course this time around, with that creep trump, the situation is more than clear when even large groups of intelligent republicans have given up on that buffoon. No honest republican with a brain can think of trump and not cringe.


Now I am confronted with the same set of challenges, and have been for the years Hill has been acting like this. I tell you, Dave, and others, as an original supporter of Hill, in the last election I voted against him and will again. I can not live with myself and support someone like this.


I ask all voters of good faith to abandon those who act like this, whether it be on the county level or the presidential level. Set your politics aside and vote your heart and mind.


Myself

People like you voted for this lying little pig to replace Jerry Lenthall who everyone claimed that he was in developers pockets, he may or may not have been, but he did not call people names,send them e-mails and threaten them, he was a pretty fair guy I knew him when he was a cop walking a beat on Thur night cruise before farmers market, that guy treated all of us fair,if you screwed up he let you know and yes you would get a ticket, as supervisor he would talk to both sides to get a feel of what was going on, this turd hill is just the flip of Lenthall, you people need to vote this guy out.


KAG2020

Perfect qualifications to be re-elected by the numbskulls in his district.