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New Jersey man arrested in connection to Jan 6. Capitol riot

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New Jersey man arrested in connection to Jan 6. Capitol riot

A 61-year-old Bergen County man, who allegedly belongs to the militia group The Oath Keepers, was arrested last week in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Prosecutors have charged James Breheny, of Little Ferry, with offenses including disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building and intending to disrupt the government, obstructing an official proceeding and attempting to destroy evidence.

According to an affidavit by a Newark FBI special agent, Breheny claimed to investigators that he entered the Capitol through its east side, but “did not willfully enter and was pushed inside by the surge of people entering the building.” Breheny also claimed, according to the document, that he “walked approximately 25 feet” inside the Capitol doors and remained there for just “two to three minutes.”

Furthermore, the affidavit stated, Breheny told investigators “he did not know that he was not allowed inside the Capitol because none of the police officers he encountered told him to stop.”

The FBI agent said video and photos, including selfies, placed Breheny “in close proximity” to a violent confrontation between riots and police officers at the East Rotunda doors, though the affidavit does not make any claims of violent actions by Breheny himself. The document also notes that “loud alarm bells sounded” as Breheny and others entered the Capitol of their own accord.

“Given the ongoing violence and the emergency alarms that were sounding at the time,” the agent said, “it is unreasonable that any individual entering the building could believe that he had a lawful right to enter.”

The affidavit claims Breheny sent text messages to associates during and following the riot that included: “I breached the Capital [sic] door!” and “Made it in Brother” and “I have to clear chats”.

Breheny deactivated his Facebook account two days after the riot, but had posted a message on Jan. 6 in which he stated, “We exhausted all legal channels. They refused to investigate any of [sic] crimes or voter issues. Therefore the Government has become tyrannical. The People’s Duty is to replace that Government with one they agree with.”

Another message said, in reference to the riot: “We weren’t burning down the city. We wanted access to the Capital [sic] to watch the vote and have our voices heard. They put barricades up. It’s our house not theirs.”

According to the affidavit, Breheny was listed as the “Bergen County Coordinator” on the Oath Keepers New Jersey chapter’s website (the post is currently listed as “vacant”) and took part in an encrypted group chat with other Oath Keepers on the Signal app. In the chat, Breheny’s name was given as “Seamus” and he was described as “coming in with a team from NJ, and who also has several contacts with militia leaders coming in.” The affidavit claims that Breheny used the name “Seamus Evers” as an alias, even operating a Facebook account under that name.

Breheny was arrested Thursday and NJ.com reported that he was released on a $50,000 unsecured appearance bond following his initial showing in federal court.

According to the Justice Department, approximately 440 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol riot as of May 6, more than a quarter of whom have been charged with assaulting for impeding law enforcement.

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Los Angeles dentist charged with sexually abusing female patients

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A Los Angeles dentist is accused of sexually abusing nine female patients at his office over the course of several years, officials announced Monday.

Emad Fathy Moawad, 50, was arrested and charged with over a dozen counts of sexual battery by restraint for allegedly molesting the women during procedures from 2013 to 2018, prosecutors said.

The victims ranged in age from 27 to 73.

“This case is especially concerning because its victims are low-income people and immigrants who are less likely to report crimes due to fear,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.

Moawad was jailed on nearly $2 million bail.

The charges come after Moawad was sued in 2019 by a patient who alleged he molested her while she was under anesthesia two years earlier, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Moawad’s alleged attacks stopped in December 2018 after a dental assistant recorded one of them, according to the suit.

With Post wires

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using ‘retarded’ to describe disabled children

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Chuck Schumer apologizes for using 'retarded' to describe disabled children

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) apologized Monday for using the word “retarded” to describe disabled children during a podcast appearance over the weekend.

Schumer was a guest Sunday on the “1 NYCHA” podcast, which examines public housing and related issues, when the topic turned to historic opposition to low-income and other forms of public housing.

“When I first was an assemblyman, they wanted to build a congregate living place for retarded children,” recalled Schumer, who represented parts of Brooklyn in Albany between 1975 and 1980. “The whole neighborhood was against it! These are harmless kids. They just needed some help.

“We got it done,” Schumer added. “Took a while.”

Video of the podcast was posted on the “1 NYCHA” Facebook page with the word “retarded” deleted from the closed captioning.

“For decades, Sen. Schumer has been an ardent champion for enlightened policy and full funding of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told the Post.

“He used an inappropriate and outdated word in his description of an effort he supported that was led by the AHRC to build a group home in his Brooklyn district decades ago to provide housing and services to children with developmental disabilities,” Roefaro added. “He is sincerely sorry for his use of the outdated and hurtful language.”

AHRC refers to the organization formerly known as the Association for the Help of Retarded Children. Since the period referenced by Schumer, the organization has dropped its name and only goes by the acronym.

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Vacationer dies snorkeling in Florida Keys

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A 25-year-old woman vacationing in the Florida keys died while snorkeling on Sunday, authorities said.

Katherine Boukharov was pulled to shore and given CPR after she was spotted face down and motionless in the water at Bahia Honda State Park, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Autopsy results are pending but foul play isn’t suspected, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Two other people have died while snorkeling elsewhere in the Florida Keys since April, the Miami Herald reported.

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