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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Trump Rally Fence Jumper Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 1 Year Probation

DAYTON – Thomas DiMassimo, 22, of Powder Springs, Ga., pleaded guilty and was sentenced in U.S. District Court yesterday to one year probation for jumping the stage during a political rally in Vandalia, Ohio on March 12.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Mark Porter, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service, announced the plea and sentence.

DiMassimo was charged for entering and remaining in a restricted area where a person protected by the Secret Service was temporarily visiting, without lawful authority to do so, which is a misdemeanor offense.

DiMassimo was also banned from attending at any Republican Presidential event.

"Now as much as ever, it's crucial that people respect the political process,” Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman said. “That includes expressing support or opposition for candidates within the confines of laws that are designed to guarantee everyone's safety. Yesterday's guilty plea and the magistrate judge's carefully crafted sentence reflect that respect."

Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the response by the U.S. Secret Service, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys Sheila G. Lafferty and Brent Tabacchi, who are representing the United States in this case. 

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Updated July 27, 2016