Tampa man, who took selfie from Senate floor, pleads guilty to Capitol riot charge

A Tampa man pleaded guilty Wednesday to crimes related to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol which disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress as presidential electoral votes were being counted.

According to court documents, Paul Hodgkins, 38, entered the U.S. Capitol building at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Jan. 6.

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Around 3 p.m., Hodgkins entered the Senate chamber, walked among the desks, and then removed eye goggles. He took a "selfie-style" photograph with his cell phone and walked down the Senate well where, a few feet away, several individuals were shouting, praying and cheering using a bullhorn. Hodgkins walked toward the individuals and remained standing with them while they continued commanding the attention of others.

At approximately 3:15 p.m., Hodgkins exited the Senate chamber and the U.S. Capitol building.


Hodgkins pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing an official proceeding, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or twice the monetary gain or loss of the offense.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 19 at 10 a.m. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

Hodgkins is the second person to plead guilty in connection with the riot.

Anyone with tips on other suspects is asked call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.