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One of the anti-abortion protesters, a man named Bartholomew Schumacher, says Severson has them all wrong, and complains he refuses to listen to them.

“He just wouldn’t engage,” Schumacher told WDAY. “He just kept saying we’re oppressive white men who want to control women’s lives and stuff. I don’t want that. I just want protection of the innocent.”

That’s a very interesting thing for Schumacher to say, because according to the City of Fargo’s sex offender registry, he is a level two sex offender, convicted of raping a female family member in August 2011. He is required to remain on the sex offender registry until 2039.

According to media accounts from the time, Schumacher beat and raped the woman in 2010, then tied her to a toddler bed with electrical tape and menaced her with a knife, making gestures as though he intended to slit her throat. After about two hours, the woman was able to free herself and run for help. Court records show Schumacher was convicted of gross sexual imposition, felonius restraint, and two counts of terrorizing his victim. He served a little less than one year in jail and remained on probation for the next five.

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