Rand Paul Supporter Charged With Fourth-Degree Assault For Stomping Incident With MoveOn Activist

A misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail, a $500 fine or both

Lexington Herald Leader
The Paris man accused of stepping on a liberal activist at a U.S. Senate candidate debate in Lexington on Monday will go before a district court judge next month.

Timothy Mark Profitt, 53, is charged with fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor, for stepping on the shoulder and neck of Lauren Valle, a MoveOn.org activist who was trying to get close to Republican candidate Rand Paul to present him with a mock award. Profitt will be arraigned Nov. 18, according to court records.

Fourth-degree assault carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail, a $500 fine or a combination of both

A criminal summons says Profitt "intentionally placed his foot on the shoulder/head region on the victim."

"I'm sorry that it came to that, and I apologize if it appeared overly forceful, but I was concerned about Rand's safety," Tim Profitt told The Associated Press.

The volunteer said Tuesday the scuffle was not as bad as it looked on video and blamed police for not intervening.