Was Terry Lieving a priest, a Secret Service agent, a psychiatrist or none of the above?
A woman who came to Lieving’s attention for her volunteer work with the homeless and became involved in a relationship with him found out he was none of those things, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Dane County Circuit Court. Even the name he gave her, Andrew Liebing II, was phony, the complaint states.
The complaint charged Lieving, 50, of Madison, who has fraud and forgery convictions, with stalking, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of an electric weapon, forgery, fraudulent writings, impersonating a police officer and computer crimes, all as a repeat offender.
Lieving was jailed on $35,000 bail after appearing in court on Monday.
Dane County Sheriff’s detectives learned about Lieving from the woman on May 2, when the woman was to receive an award for her help with an investigation, according to the complaint. She told detectives Todd Benisch and Krista Ewers-Hayes that Lieving told her she would lose custody of her children because she helped a homeless sex offender buy a bus ticket to leave town. The homeless man was no longer under supervision, so that was not a problem, the detectives reassured the woman, the complaint states.
According to the complaint:
The woman told police she met Lieving for coffee in late March after he commented online about an article highlighting her work with the homeless. He told her he was a former priest and currently a psychiatrist. He also said that since age 19 he had been a Secret Service agent, and the woman said she sometimes saw him carry a handgun and handcuffs, and that he wrote documents on terrorism on Central Intelligence Agency letterhead.
Lieving always wore a suit and tie when he was out, she told police, and carried a handgun, stun gun and mace in a backpack. She said he persuaded her to forward her calls to his phone for security reasons, and she believed he installed an application on her cellphone that allowed him to track her whereabouts. He also installed a program on her home computer to allow him to remotely access it, she told police.
By May 1, the woman said, Lieving learned about the help she gave to the homeless sex offender. He told her she risked losing custody of her children by doing that and said he was angry she didn’t take his warning about the man seriously. He said he led an eight-person mission out of state to find the man and return him to Wisconsin.
She believed him, she told police, and as he screamed angrily at her, she begged Lieving to help her keep from losing her children. He also did not want her to attend the award ceremony because she would be among police who would find out about her helping the homeless sex offender.
But after learning from detectives that Lieving was not who he claimed to be, the woman said, she felt sick and was fearful that he had bugged her home or accessed her financial information. She said she also feared that she had become part of a plan to use her to access the personal information of vulnerable people for fraudulent reasons.
After the woman arrived home following the May 2 ceremony, Lieving called, crying hysterically and blaming her for losing his Secret Service job and pension. He begged her to come to his apartment and she went but was convinced by Benisch not to go inside.