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White House fence jumper to face a judge Monday

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This man was arrested for jumping the White House fence. He's carrying a binder in his mouth. (Source: Vannesa Pena/CNN) This man was arrested for jumping the White House fence. He's carrying a binder in his mouth. (Source: Vannesa Pena/CNN)
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFSB) -

The Stamford man who scaled a fence at the White House on Thanksgiving will face a federal judge on Monday in Washington D.C.

Joseph Caputo, 22, is charged with entering a restricted building.

Caputo is a student at the University of Bridgeport, however it is unclear what this federal charge will mean for his future at the school.

He was draped in an American Flag as he made a dash for the White House, jumping the north fence while the president and his family celebrated Thanksgiving.

Secret Service agents quickly swarmed with their guns drawn.

"I heard him take a deep breath and whisper to himself, 'alright, let's do this,' and he took off,” said eyewitness Vanessa Pena.

Caputo was not armed, but carried a binder that held a pocket guide to the Constitution.

His lawyer said Caputo was “committing civil disobedience and had no plans to harm himself or others.”

On Friday, Caputo’s mother was present for her son’s first court appearance. She said he suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, which is a form of Autism.

Court documents said Caputo left a suicide note with friends and a voicemail for his mother, saying he may never see her again.

If found guilty, Caputo could spend up to one year in prison.

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