AA member Henry Glaspell, 34 of Arlington Texas has more than a problem with Alcohol, he has a dislike of Muslim's and took it out on their place of worship, the Dar El Eman Islamic Center with 1,000 active members in Arlington Texas on July 25,2010. Charged with a federal hate crime, Glaspell faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for burning down $20,000 worth of CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND equipment and posting SEXUALLY EXPLICIT GRAFFITI for the children to find in the morning. It is unknown if Henry Glaspell is a supporter of the hate group Stop Islamization of America (SIOA) but many of the members of Alcoholics Anonymous have befriended them on facebook in the state of Texas (information courtesy of Danny/PKATS).
Man pleads guilty to setting fire at Arlington mosque playground
By AMBER BELL firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: 23 February 2011 12:41 PM
A former Arlington resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to setting fire to a playground at an Arlington mosque last summer.
Henry Glaspell, 34, who now lives in Virginia, was charged with a hate crime after the fire and vandalism at the Dar El Eman Islamic Center on July 25.
According to the indictment, filed Tuesday, Glaspell vandalized the mosque “because of the race, color and ethnic characteristics of the individuals associated with that property.”
Glaspell faces up to 14 months in prison when sentenced, assistant prosecuting attorney Alex Lewis said. He said this morning’s plea hearing, in federal court in Fort Worth, took about 45 minutes.
Glaspell’s attorney, William Hermesmeyer, filed a motion Wednesday asking the court to consider his weekly meetings to Alcoholics Anonymous and his counseling, when sentencing him.
Glaspell also regularly attends anger management counseling in Virginia, according to the documents.
A little more about the hate crimes Henry Glaspell perpetrated upon people of the Islamic Faith:
Man accused of hate crime in fire at mosque
By Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mitch Mitchell
Wed, 02/23/2011 - 10:52am
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A man accused of setting fire to playground equipment and painting graffiti at an Arlington, Texas, mosque in July was charged Tuesday with a federal hate crime.
Henry Glaspell of Arlington set fire to playground equipment at the Dar El-Eman Islamic Center because of the "race, color and ethnic characteristics of the individuals associated with the property," according to the charge.
If convicted on the single count of damaging or destroying religious real property, Glaspell faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Glaspell appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton on Tuesday. Glaspell and public defender William Hermesmeyer are expected to return to court Wednesday to enter a plea, according to federal officials.
Glaspell and Hermesmeyer declined to comment after Tuesday's hearing.
"We have him on videotape painting the graffiti and then setting the fire," said Jamal Qaddura, a spokesman for the Tarrant County Muslim community. "He was unaware that we have video cameras at the mosque."
The cameras caught Glaspell painting sexually suggestive pictures and setting fire to the playground equipment, Qaddura said.
Glaspell tried to contact mosque members in October to offer restitution and apologize, Qaddura said. But they refused to meet with him and called police, who issued a criminal trespass warning, he said.
The equipment was valued at about $20,000. Schoolchildren ages 5 to 14, relatives, neighbors and friends had raised money to buy the equipment. The mosque opened in 1998 and has about 1,000 active members.
It is now surrounded by an 8-foot fence, but parents are still reluctant to take their children to play there because of the incident, Qaddura said.
"The safety of the children is what's most important," Qaddura said.
Qaddura said the vandalism at the mosque and the shootings of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others in Tucson last month are fruits of the same poisonous tree. Hateful speakers on radio, TV and the Internet, as well as well-financed groups that publish hate-filled magazines, give other people license to carry out terrible deeds, Qaddura said.
"This man is a victim of those hatemongers," Qaddura said.
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