Then, he was found guilty of harassment yesterday.
The incident occurred at a summer fair when Halvorson grabbed the wrist of a Shuster staffer. He went on to ask who Shuster’s campaign manager was and asserted that he would defeat the incumbent in November.
According to Randy Wells of the Indiana Gazette, Halvorson was found guilty of a summary harassment charge and fined $25.
Although he didn’t admit to grabbing Meghan Boocks, Halvorson said he would not appeal the ruling.
“While I am innocent of even shaking hands with this young staffer or the volunteer on Aug 6, it is clear to me, having heard her testimony, that my surprise appearance, demeanor and tone did create distress and anxiety for her and I sincerely, without equivocation, apologize for that,” Halvorson stated. “Without excuse, I believe that I have allowed my strong disagreement with Mr. Shuster’s personal actions and public policies to affect my attitude towards, and treatment of, his campaign personnel and supporters. I sincerely regret that and with heartfelt humility seek their forgiveness. I do not, at this time, intend to appeal the case.”