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

jkegley@herald-leader.comOctober 29, 2010 

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.

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.

News videos of Profitt stepping on Valle after she had been wrestled to the ground drew national attention after the debate at Kentucky Education Television on Cooper Drive.

Lexington police are continuing to investigate the incident. Sgt. Mike Wright said Friday he did not believe any further charges had been filed.

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