Ex-Paul campaign worker gets probation in scuffle

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Posted: Jun 13, 2011 5:50 PM
Ex-Paul campaign worker gets probation in scuffle

A former campaign worker for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has agreed to serve probation and pay medical expenses in an assault on a liberal activist during the 2010 election.

Assistant Fayette County Attorney Jackie Alexander says 53-year-old Tim Profitt agreed to an Alford plea on Monday. It means he acknowledged that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him in the assault but didn't admit guilt.

Video showed 23-year-old Lauren Valle being pulled down, her face pinned to the concrete and then stepped on. Valle was with the group MoveOn.org. It happened on Oct. 25 in Lexington outside the studio where the Republican Paul and Democrat Jack Conway debated.

Profitt will spend a year on unsupervised probation and agreed to pay $600 to cover Valle's medical bills.

Profitt's attorney Michael Dean confirmed the plea but had no further comment.