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A 52-year-old man pleaded not guilty in court Friday to charges that he threatened to commit a school shooting unless his father gave him money, Essex County prosecutors said.

Lawrence Beam Jr., of New Durham, N.H., was charged with threatening to commit a crime, intimidation of a witness, threatening to use a firearm, extortion, two counts of criminal harassment, and two counts of annoying telephone calls at his arraignment in Lawrence District Court today, prosecutors said.

Beam allegedly demanded that his father give him $5,000 and, when he didn’t comply, demanded $10,000. Beam allegedly told his father that if he didn’t pay, he would commit a school shooting, prosecutors said.


Beam’s father lives in Haverhill, Mass.

Beam was held without bail, pending a dangerousness hearing scheduled for June 6 in Haverhill District Court.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp