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Wisconsin man charged, admits he participated in Capitol insurrection

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Kevin Loftus in US Capitol during insurrection
The FBI said Kevin Loftus posted this picture of himself in the Capitol during the insurrection to his Facebook page. Photo Courtesy: FBI

MADISON (WKOW) -- An Eau Claire man is facing two federal misdemeanor charges following the riot at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

Court documents said Kevin Daniel Loftus was inside the Capitol, made it onto the Senate floor and stood on the Senate dias during the insurrection.

The documents said Loftus admitted in an interview with the FBI to being inside the Capitol on January 6 and taking photos while walking around.

The FBI said Loftus posted some of those photos to his personal Facebook page.

"One of 700 inside," he wrote next to a picture of him smiling and holding an American flag inside the building.

Following the riot, the FBI included Loftus' photo on a poster asking for information. Loftus also posted about that on his Facebook page.

"i [sic] am wanted by the FBI for illegal entry," he wrote. "im [sic] second from the end bottom row."

The FBI said Loftus' social media posts are part of what led to his Tuesday arrest.

He's facing a Class A and a Class B misdemeanor charge.

The first charge relates to a federal statue stating anyone who enters a restricted building or disrupts orderly government business will be punished.

If convicted, this charge carries a penalty of up to one year in prison. However, if prosecutors find Loftus was carrying a firearm or his actions resulted in serious bodily injury, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Class A federal misdemeanors also carry a penalty of a fine up to $100,000.

Prosecutors said the second charge comes from probable cause Loftus broke a federal law banning people from being on the floor of the House or Senate without permission and prohibiting demonstrations within Capitol Buildings.

Class B federal misdemeanors carry a penalty of up to six months in prison and a fine up to $5,000.

Loftus' attorney released a statement Tuesday evening.

"Mr. Loftus has been cooperating with the FBI's investigation, and he intends to work with the government to resolve his case," Associate Federal Defender Peter R. Moyers said. "He'll have no further comment while his case in pending."

Tuesday afternoon, a judge ruled Loftus is not allowed to travel outside Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, possess any firearms, participate in any in-person protests or consume alcohol while his case is pending.

Loftus is set to appear before the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Loftus will appear via video.

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Caroline Dade

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