White nationalist who harassed woman at 2016 Trump rally could serve jail time after alleged domestic battery
If the judge agrees to revoke his probation, Matthew Heimbach could spend 90 days in jail.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Attorney's office has asked a judge to revoke probation for a white nationalist arrested for physically harassing a woman during a protest at a 2016 rally for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
If that request is granted, Matthew Heimbach could be forced to serve a 90-day jail sentence.
Heimbach, the leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party, was fined $145, sentenced to 90 days in jail and ordered to attend anger management classes in 2017 after he entered a guilty plea to disorderly conduct for harassing an African-American woman at a March 2016 rally for Trump in Louisville.
Instead of serving the jail time, the judge allowed Heimbach to be discharged on probation on condition that he have no additional run-ins with the law for a period of two years.
But in March, Heimbach was charged with misdemeanor battery and felony domestic battery in the presence of a child under 16 after authorities say he attacked his wife in Orange County, Ind., on March 12. As a result of those charges, prosecutors have asked a judge to order Heimbach to serve his original 90-day jail sentence.
Court documents say that Heimbach was having an affair with his female landlord. Her husband, the stepfather of Heimbach's wife, told police he caught his wife and Heimbach "preparing to have sex." When he confronted them, Heimbach twisted the man's arm and choked him, according to court documents.
Heimbach's wife later told police he "physically attacked my stepfather." The victim called police, after which Heimbach told his wife to "tell the cops to leave."
"I kept refusing to dismiss police," the woman told officers. "He then grabbed my face and threw me onto the bed. My cheeks bled a little. The officer came in and took him to the car."
Court documents say Heimbach committed the alleged assault "in the presence of a child less than 16 years of age, knowing that the child was present and might be able to see or hear the offense."
As a result of the alleged attacks in March, the Jefferson County Attorney's Office made the motion to revoke Heimbach's probation. A hearing has been set for May 15 so the judge can consider that motion.
Heimbach's original 90-day sentence stemmed from a March 1, 2016, rally in Louisville, when Trump's shouts of "Get em' out of here!" are what protesters say started violence at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
Video shows people pushing, shoving and shouting. A high school student, a college student and a special education teacher said they were in the thick of it all and were violently attacked.
"I was trying to convince the people attending that the rhetoric isn't the American value that Donald Trump espouses, and I was punched in the stomach," said Henry Brousseau, a local high school student.
"I didn't physically assault anybody. I didn't verbally assault anybody. All I did was hold up the signs I brought with me and I was attacked," said U of L senior Kashiya Nwanguma.
"I was shoved from behind, and when I was leaving, I was basically shoved by everyone I walked passed," said Molly Shah, a local special education teacher.
The plaintiffs said they were peacefully protesting inside the Convention Center when then-candidate Trump started inciting violence.
They filed a lawsuit against Trump, as well as Heimbach, who was accused of assaulting Nwanguma and Shah, and Alvin Bamberger, a 75-year-old Ohio resident accused of shoving Nwanguma while she was leaving the rally. He was wearing a uniform associated with the Korean War Veterans Association.
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