Police: York County Prison inmate made phone threats to kill ex-wife

Liz Evans Scolforo

A York County Prison inmate repeatedly threatened to attack and kill his ex-wife and other family members during a number of prison phone calls to his 12-year-old daughter, according to charging documents.

"Daddy's getting madder and madder and he's going to kill when he gets out. ... I will not give up till I destroy her. I want her dead or destroyed," Steven Craig Anderson said in one of those taped calls, which happened between Sept. 6 and Nov. 18, documents state.

Steven Anderson

Anderson had been, and remains, locked up on $25,000 bail on charges of drunken driving and child endangerment for allegedly driving intoxicated with a child in his vehicle, according to court records.

But on Tuesday, Newberry Township Police filed new charges against him for making those alleged threatening phone calls, and District Judge Scott Gross denied Anderson bail in the case, citing concerns for the ex-wife's safety, court records state.

He is charged with a third-degree felony offense of stalking as well as two counts of misdemeanor making terroristic threats and four counts of misdemeanor harassment/lewd or threatening.

Anderson has a history of violence against his ex-wife, according to charging documents filed by Sgt. Braxton Ditty.

'You're gonna pay': Ditty began investigating after being alerted to the alleged threats on Nov. 15, police said. All phone calls made by York County Prison inmates are routinely recorded, a fact made clear both to inmates and to those speaking with the inmates.

Anderson allegedly told his daughter, "When I get out of here, God bless you people ... that's when all hell breaks loose," documents state.

The tapes reveal he threatened to kill other family members as well, police allege:

"Youz put me in here, your all gonna pay for it, one by one," he said, according to documents. "You put me in jail, you're gonna pay heavy for that."

At one point Anderson said, "I hope you got me on speaker phone," police allege.

"Daddy dodged a big bullet, hunny. I thought I was going up state for 1½ - 3 years," adding if that had happened he would have killed his ex-wife and four other people whose names are being withheld by The York Dispatch.

'Very angry': Anderson used profanity as well as lewd and offensive terms to denigrate his ex-wife to their daughter, documents state.

"Anderson sounds very angry while making these comments and ignores (his daughter's) request to stop multiple times," Ditty wrote in charging documents.

He threatened to "twist her head like a coconut" and said he was giving his ex a warning, according to police.

"I'm warning her, her time is running out. December is coming quick ... when I'm getting out," Anderson allegedly said. "I'm coming after her. ... It's going to be one big f—ing debt to pay."

Unless he can secure a bail change, Anderson will remain in prison until his latest case is resolved.

It is unclear whether Anderson has retained an attorney on his new charges.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.