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I can't bear watching that video. I hope I never see it again. I am glad anyway to see that the assault is being taken seriously.

Former Rand Paul volunteer scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18

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 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.

Proffit, a former volunteer for Paul's campaign, "intentionally placed his foot on the shoulder/head region on the victim and applied a degree of pressure on the victim," according a criminal summons filed in Fayette District Court.

The victim reported receiving a minor concussion, bruising, soreness and a sprained arm as a result, the document said.

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In the spirit of yesterday's rally, maybe we can agree not to pile on, while appreciating that there will be accountability.

Originally posted to stef on Sun Oct 31, 2010 at 09:33 AM PDT.

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