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The former Cleveland school employee who was pictured near Vice President Mike Pence’s chair on the Senate floor during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol was arrested by federal authorities Thursday, according to court papers.
Christine Priola, 49, was arrested after the FBI raided her home and examined her cellphone to confirm she was at the scene of the Capitol riot, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday in Washington, DC.
Priola, a former occupational therapist at Cleveland Metropolitan School District, was hit with several charges, including violent entry on Capitol grounds and remaining in restricted buildings, according to the complaint.
Priola quit her job after the raid on the Capitol, seething about union dues and abortion in a resignation letter.
“I will be switching paths to expose the Global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia,” she wrote in the letter obtained by news station WTRF.
After local reports named her as one of the rioters, the school district condemned the riot in a statement.
“Questions raised today about a former CMSD employee’s alleged involvement in the riots at the U.S. Capitol this week have also raised questions about the District’s position on such behaviors,” district spokesperson said, WKYC reported.
“While CMSD deeply believes in the right of any individual to peacefully protest, as many did on the Capitol plaza on Wednesday afternoon, the District deeply condemns the actions of those involved in the riots inside the Capitol and on the Capitol grounds.”
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