Aaron Mostofsky was one of many who breached the US Capitol (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
The son of a US Supreme Court Judge has appeared in court for his involvement in last week’s Capitol building siege.
Aaron Mostofsky, 34, has been released on bond after appearing before a federal court in Brooklyn, New York, yesterday.
Mostofsky has been charged with felony theft of government property by US prosecutors and was granted $100,000 bail by US Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara. The defendant did not enter a plea in his initial court appearance.
Aaron Mostofsky appeared at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse yesterday after being arrested for participating in last week’s violent rampage at the US Capitol building (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Mostofsky, son of Kings County Supreme Court Judge Shlomo Mostofsky, weeps as he appears before Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara during his initial remote appearance in connection with the occupation of the US Capitol (Picture: Reuters)
He also faces charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, knowingly – with intent to impede government business or official functions – engaging in disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and unlawful entry and disorderly conduct.
Mostofsky is the son of Kings County Supreme Court Judge, Steven ‘Shlomo’ Mostofsky.
In court his attorney, Jeffrey Schwartz, said the defendant was not a rioter but the criminal complaint against Mostofsky cites a video interview he gave to the New York Post while inside the Capitol building a week ago today.
Supporters of President Donald Trump, including Aaron Mostofsky, right, pictured walking down the stairs outside the Senate chamber in the US Capitol (Picture: AP)
The video shows him saying he believes ‘the election was stolen’ and that he traveled from his home in Brooklyn to Washington to be a part of the Pro-trump rally.
Defense attorney, Schwartz, said: ‘I believe the evidence will show that he was not part of the mob, that he was not rampaging.
‘He understands how the whole thing in Washington got totally out of hand. He will stay far away from Washington, any political rallies.’
The video also allegedly shows Mostofsky wearing a Capitol police vest and carrying a US Capitol police riot shield, which he told the interviewer he found on the floor, reports CNN.
Aaron Mostofsky faces multiple charges (Picture: Reuters)
Aaron Mostofsky, pictured leaving court, has been released on bond (Picture: Erik Pendzich/REX)
The judge approved a package that allows for Mostofsky’s release but limits his travel to New York, prohibits him from communicating with co-defendants or co-conspirators in the case, and prohibits him from attending political rallies or entering state capitols.
Mostofsky could face up to ten years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge, according to federal prosecutors.
He is expected to next appear before court via a video link in the District of Columbia on January 25.
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