Virginia Man Expected to Plead Guilty to Supporting Terror Group

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    TK
    Fairfax County Public Schools
    Zachary Chesser

    According to court records, a northern Virginia man best known for a harshly worded attack on the creators of the "South Park" cartoon for their perceived mockery of the prophet Muhammad is scheduled to plead guilty to supporting an al-Qaida linked terrorist group.

    Zachary Chesser, 20, of Bristow, Va., is scheduled for a plea hearing Wednesday in federal court in Alexandria, Va.

    Court papers allege that he tried to join the join the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia earlier this year and that he posted online propaganda on their behalf. Chesser also allegedly took his infant son with him to the airport to make his travel appear more innocuous.

    On Monday, papers filed in Chesser's case indicate that prosecutors have also charged him with communicating threats and soliciting crimes of violence.