Man pleads guilty for messages on synagogues

| February 11, 2010

Police found John E. Grogan's fingerprint on stickers depicting anti-Semitic, anti-gay and racist messages that were slapped on four synagogues in Norfolk.

On Wednesday, Grogan, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts each of injuring a church and conspiring to commit a felony.

When he was arrested in July in Waynesboro, where he lives, Grogan told police he was a member of the white supremacist group "Volksfront" and admitted to placing the stickers at synagogues on Granby Street and in Ghent. A video camera at Congregation Beth El Israel captured images of several white males placing stickers on the building, according to a summary of evidence that would have been presented had the case gone to trial. Police found stickers on the synagogues as well as on signs and parked vehicles nearby.

Grogan is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

A second man, Christopher John Brooks, 25, was indicted on similar charges last month. He has not yet been tried.

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