BURLINGTON, Vt. (WECT) – A Wilmington man was arrested Thursday for distributing KKK fliers to at least two homes in Vermont.
According to the Burlington Police Department, William Schenk, 21, of Wilmington, was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct with a hate crime specification.
A number of KKK fliers were discovered on at least two homes in the Burlington area on Oct. 29 and 30.The fliers Schenk is alleged to have distributed stated, “Join the Klan and save out land!!!, United Northern & Southern Knights of the Klu Klux Klan, http://www.unskkk.com.”;
Burlington police identified Schenk as a person of interest Tuesday, after investigators saw him on surveillance video at a print shop where he had left a flier.
Detective Thomas Nash conducted an interview at a retail location in Burlington where Schenk reportedly admitted to his role in distributing the fliers. His statements were corroborated by fingerprint and video evidence.
Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan said Schenk admitted to targeting two women, one African-American and one Latin-American, due to their “actual or perceived race.”
Schenk reportedly told investigators he was a recruiter for the KKK, and that he had participated in a similar recruiting campaign in North Carolina. Burlington police said the FBI was aware of Schenk’s connections to the extremist group.
Schenk was given a $1,000 bond, and will make his first court appearance Friday. He could face over four years in prison if convicted on all charges.
According to Nash, Schenk was arrested in Wilmington on second-degree arson charges in March 2011. He has been on supervised release since then.
Nash also said there is an active warrant out for Schenk’s arrest for probation violation, but he will not be extradited to North Carolina at this time.