Former Ohio School Employee Pleads Guilty to Involvement in Capitol Riots

A former Ohio school employee pleaded guilty to a felony charge on Tuesday for her involvement in the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Christine Priola, a 50-year-old resident of Willoughby and former therapist from Cleveland Metropolitan School District, pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding in a federal court in Washington, DC.

Priola arrived at the US Capitol grounds on January 6 carrying a large sign expressing her views and illegally entered the restricted area on the east side of the Capitol Building.

Priola deleted her cellphone data for photos, videos, chats, and messages between January 4 to 7.

Priola resigned from Cleveland Metropolitan School District in a letter dated January 7 and was arrested on January 14 in Ohio.

Priola also agreed to pay $2,000 in reimbursement for property damage to the Capitol.

Charles Langmack III, Priola’s attorney, said her client is “very sorry for what she did”.

“She’s very sorry for what she did, and she’s hoping for the best,” Langmack said.

Priola is scheduled to be sentenced on October 28, 2022, and faces a statutory maximum of 20 years in prison and potential financial penalties. 

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