CLEVELAND, Ohio — Christine Priola, a former occupational therapist for the Cleveland schools, was arrested Thursday and accused of taking part in last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Priola, 49, is expected to be appear for an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Cleveland before U.S. Magistrate Judge William Baughman. Her case will then be transferred to the District of Columbia, where federal prosecutors have charged about two dozen involving the breach.
She is charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building; violent entry; and unlawful activities on Capitol grounds.
(You can read the complaint here or at the bottom of this story.)
The charges come less than a week after federal agents searched Priola’s Willoughby home. Also last week, Priola submitted her resignation from the school district in a conspiracy-laden letter to officials.
A photographer for Getty Images took a picture Wednesday in the chamber of the U.S. Senate. The photograph showed a woman, at the front of the chamber, carrying a sign that said, “The Children Cry Out For Justice.” Several on social media identified the woman as Priola.
The search of Priola’s home came two days after scores of rioters in Washington, D.C., had broken through barricades and stormed the Capitol while Congress was in session to certify Joseph Biden as the winner of the November presidential election. The rioters attended a rally outside the Capitol, where President Trump spoke. Many described the storming of the building as an insurrection to support the president’s attempts to stay in power.
Four rioters and a Capitol Hill police officer died in the melee. The Justice Department promised to charge those involved.
A defense attorney for Priola is not listed on a court docket.
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