Man arrested at Trump rally in Ohio due for initial hearing

FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2016 file photo, NASCAR Driver Chase Elliott, accompanied by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France, second from left, speaks at a Trump rally at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Ga. France’s decision to personally endorse GOP front-runner Donald Trump has roiled a sport his family built from the ground up, threatening to undo a decade of work to broaden the its appeal among minorities and risking a break with the corporate sponsors that are its financial lifeblood. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A man charged after rushing the stage at a Donald Trump rally in Ohio is due in federal court.

Authorities say 22-year-old Thomas DiMassimo, of Fairborn, Ohio, jumped a barricade and charged at Trump during the rally at a Dayton International Airport hangar. He was arrested and charged with illegally entering a restricted area.

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An initial hearing is scheduled Friday before a magistrate. The misdemeanor count carries a potential one-year prison sentence.

DiMassimo’s attorney has said the Wright State University student meant only to express his political views. Video from the rally shows DiMassimo touched the stage where Trump was speaking as Secret Service agents and other security converged.

The airport rally March 12 was Trump’s first after well-organized students succeeded in keeping him from taking the stage in Chicago.

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