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Federal Charge Filed Against Man for Allegedly Damaging Reproductive Health Services Facility in Chicago

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — A man was charged today in federal court with intentionally damaging a reproductive health services facility in Chicago.

MICHAEL BARRON, 41, most recently of Chicago, is charged in a criminal information in the Northern District of Illinois with intentionally damaging a Planned Parenthood Health Center on June 5, 2021.  The charge accuses Barron of damaging the facility because it provided reproductive health services.

The charge was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division; Ashley T. Johnson, Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI; and LaDon Reynolds, United States Marshal for the Northern District of Illinois.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sivashree Sundaram and Paige Nutini.

The public is reminded that a criminal information is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The charge against Barron is punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in federal prison.  Arraignment in federal court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled.

Updated October 4, 2022

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