A woman who quit her job as an occupational therapist at a Cleveland school to pursue and expose alleged pedophile rings linked to local government has been arrested for breaching the U.S. Capitol building earlier this month.
FBI agents on Thursday searched the Willoughby, Ohio, home of Christine Priola after they were tipped off by a Twitter account whose user recognized her from images the bureau posted from the Jan. 6 riot.
Video posted online shows someone identified as Priola carrying a sign that says, “The Children Cry Out For Justice” snapping a photo of a man draped in a “Trump 2020” flag sitting at the Senate president’s desk in the well of the chamber, WKYC-TV reported, adding that Priola has since posted bond following her arrest.
She was charged with knowingly entering and/or remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, violent entry, and unlawful conduct on Capitol grounds.
FBI agents confiscated her phone, a laptop, and two desktop computers, as well as a sign, thumb drives, and clothing. Authorities discovered that photos, videos, and messages dated between Jan. 4 and Jan. 7 were wiped from those devices shortly after the riot.
However, the FBI was able to recover some location data indicating that Priola’s cellphone was receiving signals from a WiFi network just northeast of the Capitol on Jan. 6, WKYC reported.
She appeared before a federal court in Cleveland and was released after posting a $20,000 unsecured, or personal, bond. She will be required to be electronically monitored at home while facing travel restrictions. Her computer activity will also be monitored, the station reported.
Priola faces up to two years in prison along with fines if found guilty.
The local station reported details of a resignation letter Priola submitted to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District the day after the assault on the Capitol.
“I will not be taking the coronavirus-19 vaccine in order to return to in-person learning,” Priola wrote in her letter.
“I will be switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government and children’s service agencies,” the letter continues.
“I do not agree with my union dues which help fund people and groups that support the killing of unborn children,” the letter noted further.
More than 120 people have been arrested so far for their alleged role in the riot, including a known left-wing agitator, John Sullivan, who was charged in federal court on Thursday.
After the riot, Sullivan implicated himself in videos he posted to YouTube and Twitter accounts placing him inside the U.S. Capitol during the incursion.
The Justice Department said Sullivan, the first-known left-wing agitator arrested thus far, has been charged with “one count of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, one count of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and one count of interfering with law enforcement engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties incident to and during the commission of civil disorder.”
Further, the DOJ said that Sullivan was “wearing a ballistics vest and gas mask, entered the U.S. Capitol through a window that had been broken out, pushing past U.S. Capitol Police once inside.”
Sullivan was arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah, last year “counter-protesting” during a Back the Blue rally in support of police. He was charged with felony rioting, criminal mischief, and threats of violence.
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