Man Who Vandalized Columbus Mosque Pleads Guilty To Ethnic Intimidation

Sep 27, 2017

A man accused of writing anti-Muslim comments on an Ohio mosque has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of desecrating a place of worship and misdemeanor charges of ethnic intimidation and criminal mischief.

Court records show Todd Williams pleaded guilty Tuesday in Columbus.

The 44-year-old Hilliard man was charged in the vandalism in February at the Ahlul-Bayt Society Islamic Center in suburban Columbus. Prosecutors say security video showed Williams writing comments including "Allah Is A Fraud Dum Dums" and "Repent Turn To True God + Jesus Or Burn 4 Ever" on the mosque's glass doors.

Williams' license plate was identified by the FBI and Perry Township police, who investigated the incident.

Williams told WBNS-TV at the time of his arrest his actions weren't driven by hate. He said he wanted "to turn them to the true God."

Williams is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 20. His attorney hasn't returned a message seeking comment.

According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Columbus has seen an increase in the number of people reporting incidents of anti-Islamic bias since the presidential election.