Former school therapist arrested for Capitol riot participation

by Jenny Mount · Jan 15th, 2021 4:13 pm

Last Updated Jan 18th, 2021 at 1:28 pm

A former school occupational therapist has been arrested and charged for her connection with the riot at the Capitol. Her arrest is the result of the FBI identifying her through a viral photo as the woman standing next to the vice president's chair in the Senate.

Christine Priola, who was employed by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, has been charged with unlawfully entering and remaining on restricted grounds, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and unlawful parading while at the Capitol.

The Cleveland Division of the FBI received an anonymous tip that Priola was the woman pictured in the photograph standing next to the chair reserved for Vice President Pence in the Senate chamber holding a sign that said, "The Children Cry Out for Justice."

Police were able to confirm the tip after they executed a search warrant on Priola's home. Authorities uncovered items that were in the viral photograph and used data from Priola's cell phone to confirm her location at the Capitol during the riot.


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