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UR student cited for white supremacist flyers in Brighton

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Brighton police say they have found the man they believe is responsible for putting up white supremacist flyers in the town last fall.

In October and November of 2018, a number of flyers and stickers, promoting a white supremacist group, were found around the town of Brighton. They were found on light poles, highway signs and bus shelters, in different locations including in front of the Brighton Town Hall and near synagogues Temple Sinai and Temple B’rith Kodesh. The town says the flyers and stickers were removed, but quickly someone put them up again in nearly the same spots.

Now, Christopher Hodgman, age 23, of Bethesda, Maryland, has been ticketed for affixing advertisements to public structures, a violation of the town code. Police say the case is a code violation, not a criminal act, but he still faces a fine and possible jail time if convicted.

Officers say they were able to find fingerprints on tape used to put up the fliers. The fingerprints led them to Hodgman who has now been ticketed. The police department says they have not yet interviewed Hodgman and so it isn’t clear if he was working with other people to place the posters.

News 8 spoke with Hodgman in 2017 as part of a story about politics on campus. At the time, Hodgman identified himself as a member of the college’s Republican Club.

Hodgman will appear in town court on the charges.

Brighton police IDed a man behind some other fliers several years ago, but at that time they did not release a name.

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