TRAVERSE CITY (AP) – A man has been charged with assault after police say he grabbed a sign held by an anti-gay activist near a Traverse City elementary school.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle says Matthew Todd Paulic of Grand Traverse County’s East Bay Township was charged with the misdemeanor after the Feb. 15 incident.

Police say Paulic took hold of the sign held by Bill Wiesner, who regularly demonstrates at locations around town. The sign reads “Truth Academy About Homosexuality” and references a video series.

Prosecutor Al Schneider says grabbing the sign constitutes assault, even if Wiesner wasn’t touched.

Defense attorney Clarence Gomery says Wiesner was deliberately antagonizing parents at Cherry Knoll Elementary School. Gomery says the confrontation was a “setup” and that an acquaintance of Wiesner’s photographed it.

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Comments (5)
  1. Dan says:

    Very silly charges. I guess it’s not assault if you grab a photographer’s camera, which happen a lot more than grabbing a silly sign Guess the police and the courts up in Traverse City have no real crimes to deal with

  2. Michele Drinkwine says:

    Good for Matt! The anti-gay activist needs to go home and quit hanging around an elementary school…has anyone checked the Sex Offender list? The sign holder is probably on it!

    1. Paul says:

      Do you look as stupid as you sound?
      Why would you make a comment like that without knowing anything about this article?

  3. Silent Shadow says:

    Al Schnieder needs to go. GT County never hesitates to drag somebody’s name through the mud. Prosecutors there have no common sense. Can’t they just focus on making sure every adult in the county has at least one DUI. They seem to have made some pretty good headway on that front in recent years.

  4. Paul says:

    Check out the Video and the Photos of the assault.

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