03/31/2016 01:41 EDT | Updated 04/01/2017 01:12 EDT

Ohio student who rushed Trump rally stage has court hearing

DAYTON, Ohio — An Ohio college student who rushed the stage at a Donald Trump rally is due back in federal court, where he's charged with illegally entering a restricted area.

Twenty-two-year-old Thomas DiMassimo was arrested at the Republican presidential candidate's rally March 12 at an airport hangar near Dayton. Video from the rally shows that DiMassimo touched the stage where Trump was speaking as Secret Service agents and other security converged.

DiMassimo has pleaded not guilty. His attorney has said the Wright State University student was trying only to ensure that his political views were heard.

A pretrial conference in the case is scheduled Thursday. The charge carries a potential sentence of a year in prison.

He is free on conditions including that he have no dangerous weapons.

The Associated Press

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