Accused Capitol Rioter to Judge: Let Me Use Dating Apps

Thomas Sibick was released to the custody of his parents in October
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2021 3:15 AM CST
Accused Capitol Rioter to Judge: Let Me Use Dating Apps
Police in riot gear patrol near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2021, during a rally by allies of former President Donald Trump to support what they call "political prisoners" from the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Accused Capitol rioter Thomas Sibick would like to be able to use dating apps while he awaits trial. An attorney for Sibick, who is on home incarceration at his parents' home in Buffalo, NY, made the request via a motion filed Saturday asking the judge in the case to modify Sibick's release conditions, WUSA9 reports. The 36-year-old was originally being held at a jail in Washington, DC, but in October his lawyer argued the "cult-like" group of fellow January 6 suspects being held there were likely to further radicalize his client, and the judge released him to the custody of his parents.

But she forbade him to watch political television or use social media. In the motion filed Saturday, Sibick's attorney asks that he be allowed to attend the wake of a friend who recently died, and that he be allowed to access websites for the purposes of finding a job as well as "interact[ing] with members of the opposite gender for the purpose of establishing a friendship." However, the judge has ordered him to be on 24-hour lockdown, so any dating or working would need to be done remotely. Sibick is accused of beating a police officer, ripping off his badge and radio. His lawyer says Sibick now sees the Capitol breach as "a disgrace to our nation" and holds former President Trump responsible, the Guardian reports. (More Capitol riot stories.)

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