A Warrenton man has pleaded guilty to four counts of communicating false distress messages to the Coast Guard and one count of making a false statement.

According to court documents, Bud O’Neil Burkleo, 36, was arrested in March in connection with four hoax distress calls to the Coast Guard between April and November of 2016.

In response to each call, the Coast Guard dispatched rescue personnel. Coast Guard investigators came to speak to Burkleo about the false calls in December of 2016, and he initially denied that he made them. He pleaded guilty to the allegations in federal court on Jan. 23.

Burkleo will be sentenced in Portland in May.

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