Sign Case Dismissed, For Now

Sandy Hook ‘Protest’ Heads To Grand Jury

Posted: August 17, 2013

WOODSTOCK — The case against a man charged after entering an elementary school carrying a sign that read “high powered rifle” in December was dropped Friday in Shenandoah County General District Court.
Christopher Gerrit Johnson, 33, of Strasburg, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct stemming from the Dec. 19 incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Strasburg.
Frederick County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Nick Manthos, who was appointed as a special prosecutor in the case, said he plans to present the case to an upcoming grand jury in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.
Typically, prosecutors usually seek indictments on felony charges. Manthos declined to say if he will seek an upgraded charge or when he will present the evidence to a grand jury.
Johnson’s attorney, David Silek, couldn’t be reached for comment.
The defendant said his actions were intended to draw awareness to the lack of security at the school.
The “protest” occurred five days after a mass shooting at a school of the same name in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead.
A special prosecutor was appointed to the case because Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley asked to recuse herself. She said witnesses might include teachers and additional staff at the school, where her mother teaches and daughter attends.
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