Viera High School Teacher/Football Coach arrested on Capitol riot charges

FBI agents arrested a Viera High School teacher this morning on federal charges in connection with the Capitol riots on Jan. 6, court records show.

Kenneth John Reda, 54, was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of illegally entering Capitol grounds and disorderly conduct.

Reda is a physical education teacher at Viera High School. He is also the defensive line coach for the high school football team. The school district said it will conduct an internal investigation into Reda’s alleged role in the events on Jan. 6.

Reda appeared before a federal judge Tuesday and was released on bond.

Reda’s arrest marks the 21st person from Central Florida arrested in connection with the Jan 6th riots.

According to the criminal complaint from the FBI, investigators received a tip on Jan. 18 with a screenshot of messages on Parler, the far-right social networking site. The tipster claimed one of the commenters, under the screen name “mrjoebidenhead,” was Reda admitting to being inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. Records obtained from Parler, LLC later confirmed that the account belongs to Reda, according to the criminal complaint.

The biography for “mrjoebiden” head reads, “Imperfect Son of the Lord Jesus Christ, Husband, Father, Son, Pop, Educator, concerned American NRA & 2A supporter: WWG1WGA.”

Investigators said other posts from Reda on Parler showed his intent to be in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6.

“We have got to get to DC on January 6th it is IMPERATIVE every single person that VOTED for Trump has to flood DC….” read one post, according to the complaint.

Another read, “It is time to organize PATRIOTS we need to get together and organize against this KABAL we need to overthrow it….the have thrown their last ditch effort to overthrow this election therefore this nation if we do not come together and organize we will LOSE.”

The FBI said it obtained records from Google showing that a mobile device linked to a Gmail account associated with Reda was inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6. for about 59 minutes, from 2:36 p.m. to 3:35 p.m.

According to the criminal complaint, agents observed Reda in multiple surveillance videos from inside the Capitol building. Below are several photos of Reda inside the building with a red box highlighting his location according to court documents.

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Rioters loyal to then-President Donald Trump climb the West Wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Even as the first of the more than 500 federal Capitol riot defendants have begun to plead guilty, scores of suspects remain unidentified, reflecting the massive scale of the Justice Department's investigation and the grueling work authorities still face to track everyone down. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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