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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tomah Man Charged With Threatening The President

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Brian Dutcher, 55, Tomah, Wis., was charged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on July 2, 2015, with threatening the life of the president of the United States. 

Dutcher travelled to La Crosse, Wis., on July 1, 2015, where President Barack Obama was scheduled to make a speech the next day.  The affidavit accompanying the complaint alleges that on July 1 Dutcher approached a security guard at the La Crosse Public Library and stated that he knew the president was in town and that he would  shoot the president if given the opportunity. 

The affidavit further alleges that Dutcher repeated his statements to Special Agents with the U.S. Secret Service on July 1 and a review of Dutcher’s Facebook page revealed that on June 30 Dutcher posted, “Thursday I will be in La Crosse.  Hopefully I get a clear shot at the pretend president.  Killing him is our CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY!”

Dutcher appeared in federal court in Madison earlier today in custody, and a detention hearing will be held later this week. 

The charge against Dutcher is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and the La Crosse Police Department.  The prosecution of the case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger. 

Updated July 14, 2015