Bethesda Man Cited for White Supremacist Flyers in New York

A Bethesda, Maryland, man was cited in connection with white supremacist flyers and stickers that were posted around a western New York town last fall, Brighton police said.

Police Chief Mark Henderson said 23-year-old Christopher Hodgman, a University of Rochester student, was cited for violating town code for placing flyers on public structures.

In October and November 2018, flyers and stickers promoting a white supremacist group were found around the town of Brighton, WHAM-TV reports

Police identified Hodgman as a suspect after pulling fingerprints from adhesive material on three of the flyers.

The violation carries a $250 fine and up to 15 days in jail, Henderson said. 

University of Rochester spokeswoman Sara Miller said the university condemns acts of hatred or intimidation.

Hodgman's lawyer, Don Thompson, told WHAM-TV that the messages on the flyers were not hate speech and his client's alleged actions weren't a crime, but a violation of town code. He is scheduled to appear in town court on March 27.

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