Jun. 21 — PORTLAND – Todd Tilley was charged Tuesday with 4 legal counts in reference to the assault on the nation’s Capitol on Jan. 6 final 12 months.
Tilley, who turned 61 earlier this month, lives in South Paris. He has been charged with coming into and remaining in a restrictive construct or grounds, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted constructing or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol constructing or grounds, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol constructing.
All 4 expenses are misdemeanors, punishable by as much as one 12 months in jail and a tremendous to not exceed $ 100,000 for probably the most severe offenses.
In accordance with court docket data filed within the U.S. District Court docket in Portland, Steven Fleenor, a particular agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who’s assigned to the Maine Joint Terrorism Process Pressure in Portland, studied video footage and nonetheless images taken throughout the Jan. 6 incursion and recognized Tilley by these pictures.As well as, Fleenor’s sworn assertion notes that on Jan. 7, 2021, an “particular person posted a video titled ‘The Riot of the US Capitol,’ to YouTube beneath the username Jayden X.”
That video was taken down, however Fleenor’s assertion stated it depicted a big crowd climbing stairs resulting in the Higher West Terrace of the US Capitol, folks coming into the Capitol constructing by the Senate Wing doorways, and crowds strolling round contained in the Capitol hallways.
“The video captured a number of clashes with people and legislation enforcement, together with the deadly capturing of Ashli Babbitt outdoors the Speaker’s Foyer, adjoining to the Home of Chambers,” Fleenor stated. Within the minutes main as much as the capturing, the video “confirmed rioters making an attempt to breach the door to the Home Chamber. The digital camera then pans to people standing within the hallway simply outdoors the Home Chamber and captures a person carrying glasses and a purple hooded sweatshirt , “at 2:38 pm, he stated.
Fleenor interviewed Tilley’s brother on Aug. 20 final 12 months and confirmed him the image from the Jayden X video, and Tilley’s brother recognized the individual within the image as Todd Tilley.
“Tilley’s brother additional indicated that he was conscious that Tilley attended the rally previous to the Capitol riot however didn’t know whether or not Tilley had entered the Capitol constructing,” Fleenor stated. The brother supplied the FBI with a screenshot of textual content messages despatched between the brothers throughout the midst of the incursion.
In accordance with court docket data, Todd Tilley shared photographs together with his brother who requested him if he was there. Tilley replied: “Sure. Pence screwed us over.”
On Jan. 6, 2021, members of the US Home of Representatives and the US Senate have been assembly – at 1 pm in a joint session – to certify the Electoral School vote rely for the 2020 presidential election. Half an hour later, they briefly adjourned to their respective chambers.
In accordance with Fleenor’s affidavit, Vice President Mike Pence had been presiding over the joint session and was presiding within the Senate chamber when a big crowd gathered outdoors the Capitol. Barricades had been arrange across the constructing, and its exterior doorways have been locked.
At 2 p.m., members of the group compelled their manner into the Capitol by doorways and breaking home windows, and have been filmed assaulting members of the U.S. Capitol Police. Inside 20 minutes, members of the Home and Senate evacuated the chambers.
In accordance with Fleenor’s assertion of information, the FBI obtained photographs of Tilley serving to one other individual climb a wall to succeed in the steps resulting in the Higher West Terrace, and closed circuit video confirmed Tilley coming into the primary ground of the Capitol by the Senate Wing doorways at 2 : 24 pm
In that photograph, Tilley is seen utilizing his cellphone.
The FBI was capable of monitor Tilley’s telephone contained in the Capitol, confirming it was his telephone quantity with the Oxford County Sheriff’s Division and the Maine Division of Labor, the place Tilley had used that quantity to file an unemployment declare.
Further closed circuit video exhibits Tilley coming into the Crypt from the north facet and strolling close to the Capitol’s Memorial Door to the south earlier than he and others have been turned again by legislation enforcement officers.
In all, the FBI included eight pictures of Tilley inside and outside the Capitol constructing, together with a video displaying “Tilley becoming a member of with the group in shouting, ‘Cease the steal,'” in Fleenor’s assertion, which was used to check possible trigger for an arrest warrant.
In accordance with Fleenor’s affidavit, Tilley was first photographed coming into the constructing at 2:24 pm, minutes after the chambers have been evacuated. In that picture he was utilizing his cellphone. He was photographed in crowds in quite a few different locations contained in the Capitol and left the constructing at 2:53 pm
In accordance with Fleenor, the pictures and the assertion by Tilley’s brother have been sufficient possible to trigger him to cost with the 4 misdemeanor crimes.
The arrest warrant was signed on Thursday final week and Tilley was taken into custody Tuesday.
In accordance with Kristen Setera, of the FBI’s Boston Division’s Workplace of Public Affairs, Tilley made his preliminary look Tuesday within the U.S. District Court docket in Portland and was launched. He’s scheduled to seem by a digital listening to within the U.S. District Court docket within the District of Columbia at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June twenty eighth.
In 1986, Tilley was convicted of rape and sodomy within the first diploma within the Bronx borough of New York Metropolis, and sentenced to serve between two and 6 years in jail, adopted by a interval of probation. He’s a lifetime registrant on the Maine Sexual Offender Registry.