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Prosecutors levelled two criminal charges Friday against a Republican member of the Oregon House of Representatives who let far-right rioters into the state Capitol in December.

Rep. Mike Nearman was charged with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree.

Oregon State Police struggled to force the rioters back out of the Capitol, which was closed to the public, on December 21 as lawmakers met in emergency session to deal with economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

Marion County Deputy District Attorney Matthew Kemmy told Nearman’s attorney, Jason Short, in a letter Friday that his client must appear in court on May 11 or face arrest.

Rep. Mike Nearman is seen leaving the Oregon Capitol building at about 8.30am on December 21, 2020. As he leaves, he pushes open the door and far-right protesters slip past him

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Rep. Mike Nearman is seen leaving the Oregon Capitol building at about 8.30am on December 21, 2020. As he leaves, he pushes open the door and far-right protesters slip past him

The protesters are seen inside the Capitol building, holding open an inner door and gesturing for fellow protesters to enter the building, too

The protesters are seen inside the Capitol building, holding open an inner door and gesturing for fellow protesters to enter the building, too

Short was out of his office late Friday afternoon and not available for comment. Nearman did not immediately respond to phone and email messages seeking comment.

Nearman had been seen on security cameras letting violent protesters into the Oregon State Capitol. They attacked authorities with bear spray.

Outside the building, some of the protesters assaulted reporters and broke glass doors on the marble sheathed Capitol. The state police investigated the case.

'He let a group of rioters enter the Capitol, despite his knowledge that only authorized personnel are allowed in the building due to the COVID-19 pandemic,' according to court documents.

Nearman's actions were 'completely unacceptable, reckless, and so severe that it will affect people’s ability to feel safe working in the Capitol or even for the legislature,' the documents stated. 

In January, after Nearman’s role became clear from the security footage, House Speaker Tina Kotek called for his resignation and stripped him of his committee assignments.

Oregon State Police are seen rushing into the vestibule to ward off protesters who are inside

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Oregon State Police are seen rushing into the vestibule to ward off protesters who are inside

Police are then seen gathering to fend off the protesters who've tried to enter the building

Police are then seen gathering to fend off the protesters who've tried to enter the building

Nearman was charged with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree

Nearman

Nearman (pictured) was charged with official misconduct in the first degree and criminal trespass in the second degree

The image above shows the criminal complaint filed against Nearman by the Marion County District Attorney's Office

The image above shows the criminal complaint filed against Nearman by the Marion County District Attorney's Office

'Rep. Nearman put every person in the Capitol in serious danger,' Kotek said on January 11.

She referred to the deadly storming of the US Capitol that had occurred just days before, on January 6, by

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