Accused teen had been in contact with hate preacher charged with terrorism

A Castle Rock 18-year-old charged with supporting a terrorist organization had been in contact with a known Muslim extremist, who himself was just arrested for suspicion of a terrorism offense.

That detail was released at a Thursday bond hearing for Davin Daniel Meyer, who has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Meyer was arrested Friday, July 14, at Denver International Airport, steps away from boarding a plane to Turkey where he thought he would meet up with Islamic State group facilitators who would smuggle him into Iraq.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Hindman told Magistrate Reid Neureiter that Meyer had been in contact with a man recently arrested in the United Kingdom for a terrorism offense, and who had already served time related to terrorism.

That describes Pakistani-British hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who was detained Monday morning on suspicion of a terrorism offense.

Prosecutors described an extremist leader, deduced to be Choudary, who saw Meyer at an online forum for sympathizers of Islamic extremism and reportedly said to Meyer, “It’s nice to finally see your face.”

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