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Statue of Liberty Climber Found Guilty, Says She Had Nightmares About Kids in Cages

Theresa Okoumou got choked up as she testified Monday before a New York federal magistrate judge

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    Statue of Liberty Climber Convicted

    The Fourth of July protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty base has been found guilty on all counts. Rana Novini reports. (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2018)

    A woman who climbed the base of the Statue of Liberty on July 4 to protest the separation of families at the Mexican border has been convicted of misdemeanor charges.

    Therese Okoumou got choked up as she testified Monday before a federal magistrate judge at her trial. She said images from the border gave her nightmares. Judge Gabriel Gorenstein announced the verdict a short time later.

    The prosecutor says Okoumou endangered herself, rescuers and thousands of Liberty Island visitors when she climbed to the feet of the statue. Authorities evacuated the island.

    Okoumou testified that she couldn't live with the sight of "children in cages" without bringing the issue to a wider audience.

    Lady Liberty Climber Apologizes After Cops Nab Her 150 Ft Up

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    Police say 44-year-old Therese Patricia Okoumou apologized to officers for putting others in danger after she scaled the Statue of Liberty in protest. Michael George reports.

    (Published Thursday, July 5, 2018)

    The charges include trespassing and carry a potential penalty of up to 18 months in prison.

    In a statement on Monday, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman maintained that the "act of climbing the base of the Statue of Liberty went well beyond peacable protest, a right we certainly respect." 

    "It was a crime that put people at grave risk," he said. "We commend Judge Gorenstein's decision to hold... Okoumou accountable for her dangerous and reckless conduct."

    Okoumou's pre-sentencing date has been set for March 5. She will be free without bail until then.