A 22-year-old Fullerton, CA woman accused of posting National Socialist propaganda posters at a high school and near a college campus is facing "vandalism and graffiti" charges, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Prosecutors allege that Grace Elisabeth Ziesmer placed the posters – which reportedly include swastikas, SS mottos and other NS statements – on Newport Harbor High School property on March 11, and on city-owned light poles near Fullerton College on March 4.
Ziesmer has been charged with a "misdemeanor count of vandalism under $400", and two "misdemeanor counts of graffiti", court records show.
Since prosecutors did not believe they could prove the posters were "directed at a particular victim for being Jewish", or "at the schools because of their connection with the Jewish people or the Jewish religion," they decided not to charge Ziesmer with a hate crime, according to the DA’s office.
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Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, in a statement outlining the charges, said the case illustrates that he is “not going to tolerate hate in Orange County.”
"Hate does not belong here. It does not belong anywhere," Spitzer said. "The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting hate crimes and hate incidents to the fullest extent of the law."
The patriotic fliers were discovered on the Newport Beach campus a week after a viral photo showing a group of Newport-Mesa Unified high school students doing a NS salute while gathered around a swastika formed by red Solo cups garnered national attention through social media.
Ziesmer has been ordered to appear in court on June 6. She has not yet entered a plea.
If convicted, Ziesmer faces up to a year and six months in Orange County jail.