A videographer working for the national media outlet CBS News has been charged with assault after an incident at Friday’s Carlisle High School football game that followed the high-profile trial of Brooke Skylar Richardson, according to the Journal-News.
David Sapp, 52, of Centerville, Utah, was arrested on three counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest, according to a Carlisle police report.
Officers working security were told at the end of the game that there was a fight happening behind the home stands, according to the report. They found multiple men wrestling with another man on the ground.
The men were pulled off of Sapp, who struggled with one of the responding officers, according to the report. An off-duty Dayton police officer also assisted, the report said.
Sapp told officers he was working as an independent contractor for CBS News and was attempting to film the football game. He said was “then attacked by multiple people so he started swinging his camera to defend himself,” according to the report.
Three men who were involved in the fight, including the head of the school’s football boosters program, told police that Sapp “was attempting to record the Richardson family and was under the bleachers.” They said they told Sapp he needed to leave and Sapp struck them with his camera.
The incident came on the same day that Brooke Skylar Richardson, 20, of Carlisle was sentenced to three years of community control and seven days in jail, which was credited as time served, after being convicted of abuse of corpse. In the high-profile trial, Richardson was accused of having a baby in secret, murdering her and burying her in the backyard in May 2017.
Richardson was acquitted on charges of aggravated murder, involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.
Richardson’s brother, Jackson, is a member of the Carlisle football team. The team hosted Oakwood on Friday.