DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – A man charged after rushing the stage at a Donald Trump rally in Ohio is due in federal court.
Authorities say 22-year-old Thomas DiMassimo, of Fairborn, Ohio, jumped a barricade and charged at Trump during the rally at a Dayton International Airport hangar. He was arrested and charged with illegally entering a restricted area.
An initial hearing is scheduled Friday before a magistrate. The misdemeanor count carries a potential one-year prison sentence.
DiMassimo’s attorney has said the Wright State University student meant only to express his political views. Video from the rally shows DiMassimo touched the stage where Trump was speaking as Secret Service agents and other security converged.
The airport rally March 12 was Trump’s first after well-organized students succeeded in keeping him from taking the stage in Chicago.