Fence jumper caught by dogs on White House lawn is sentenced

A man who jumped over the White House fence in October and was taken down on the lawn by Secret Service dogs was sentenced Thursday to time served and a year of supervised release.

Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Md., who was arrested Oct. 22, pleaded guilty April 17 to entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He was then released from custody on personal recognizance, having served about six months.

During his year of supervised release, Adesanya must stay away from the White House and other facilities protected by the Secret Service, the U.S. attorney's office said.

In the October incident, a Secret Service agent said, Adesanya had climbed a fence and run toward the north doors of the White House, ignoring agents’ orders to stop. The Secret Service then released two dogs, Special Agent John Grimsley said in an affidavit last fall.

“One dog, Jordan, confronted Adesanya, who kicked the dog,” Grimsley said. “The other dog, Hurricane, knocked Adesanya down.”

Adesanya told agents he would keep returning until he saw President Obama, Grimsley said.

At the time, Adesanya was facing two other cases in District of Columbia Superior Court. He jumped over a security barrier at the White House on July 27 and, three days later, tangled with police officers while trying to enter the Treasury Department grounds, the cases alleged.

Prosecutors agreed last month to dismiss those cases if Adesanya complies with mental health treatment and stays away from Washington for four months.

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