Arrested Teacher Used Parler to Encourage Others to Join Capitol Riots—DoJ

A high school teacher from Florida was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the U.S. Capitol riots on January 6.

Kenneth John Reda, 54, was taken into custody by FBI agents and has been charged with disorderly conduct and illegally entering Capitol grounds, according to a criminal complaint provided by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Reda had his first court appearance on Tuesday and was released on a $25,000 bond. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.

Court papers state that Reda works at Viera High School in Florida. Brevard Public Schools confirmed to Click Orlando that the 54-year-old is a physical education teacher.

The school said it would be conducting an internal investigation into Reda's alleged actions on January 6.

The teacher has been accused of storming the Capitol alongside a group of Donald Trump supporters as Congress attempted to certify Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election.

According to the criminal complaint, investigators received a tip on January 18 that included screenshots from the social networking site Parler, which is favoured by some Trump supporters. These screenshots suggested that, under the username "mrjoebidenhead," Reda admitted to being inside the Capitol on January 6.

Investigators said they had obtained records from Parler and were able to verify that the account belonged to Reda, finding that he had posted: "I got into the Capitol building."

The investigators said they then found other Parler posts by Reda, where he discussed his plan to be in Washington, D.C. on January 6. He is said to have written: "We have got to get to DC on January 6th it is IMPERATIVE every single person that VOTED for Trump has to flood DC."

Reda is also alleged to have encouraged others to join him, writing: "It is time to organize PATRIOTS we need to get together and organize against this KABAL we need to overthrow it....they have thrown their last ditch effort to overthrow this election therefore this nation if we do not come together and organize we will LOSE."

FBI agents also analyzed surveillance footage from the Capitol that they believe shows Reda in the building on January 6, as well as data from his Gmail account, which suggested that he was inside the building from 2:36 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

More than 370 people have so far been charged by the FBI in connection to the Capitol riots.

The agency set up a January 6 tip hotline and a website that includes more than 1,000 pictures of suspects taken from surveillance and social media footage.

About 300 people who participated in the riots have still not been identified by the FBI, according to the bureau's website, and around 500 people have been arrested.

Newsweek has contacted the U.S. Department of Justice and Brevard Public Schools for comment.

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A still from surveillance footage inside of the U.S. Capitol that allegedly shows Kenneth John Reda. He was arrested on Tuesday July 6 on federal charges for allegedly entering the Capitol on January 6. U.S. Department of Justice