David Mehaffie biography: 13 things about US Capitol rioter from Kettering, Ohio

David “Dave” C. Mehaffie is a white man from Ohio, United States. His father James “Jim” E. Mehaffie served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for eight years and was the owner of the Mehaffie’s Pie Company.

In the 1980s, Dave served as the general manager of the Mehaffie’s Pie Company. Years later, he owned and operated Belmont Gym in Belmont, Belmont County, Ohio.

David Mehaffie (©U.S. Department of Justice)
David Mehaffie (©U.S. Department of Justice)

Jim and Lavina Ann Mehaffie have a daughter named Melinda L. Berry. Earl Mehaffie and Emerita Mehaffie are Dave and Melinda’s paternal grandparents.

Dave is married to Kymberly “Kym” Mehaffie. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He hails from Kettering, Ohio. Aside from Kettering, he has lived in different parts of Ohio including Dayton. (a)(b)
  2. In 1977, he graduated from Dayton Christian High School in Dayton. (c)
  3. In 1985, he and his father drove past four men picketing at an abortion clinic. Two months later, he and Kym attended their first picket. (d)
  4. In 1986, he and Kym were defendants in a lawsuit by the Dayton Women’s Health Center for $1.5 million against picketers charged with harassing clinic patients and employees. (d)
  5. On July 15, 1987, he and Kym were among the 16 protesters arrested at the Women’s Med Center in Kettering and charged with criminal trespassing. Carrying anti-abortion literature, the protesters entered the facility and remained for almost three hours before police officers arrived. (d)
  6. He was a member of Operation Rescue, a conservative anti-abortion group known for doing sit-in demonstrations in front of abortion clinics. In July 1997, he and five other protesters allegedly illegally blocked entrances to abortion clinics in Ohio cities Kettering, Dayton and Cincinnati under the leadership of Operation Rescue. (e)
  7. In March 1998, a federal lawsuit was filed against him and five other defendants accused of illegally blocking entrances to abortion clinics in Ohio in 1997. In 1999, U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice declared a mistrial in the lawsuit because of a problem with a prosecution witnesses. (e)
  8. On March 9, 2020, his father passed away. (f)
  9. On January 6, 2021, he went to the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., USA. That day, Donald Trump supporters breached the building while a joint session of Congress was certifying the vote of the Electoral College and affirming Joe Biden‘s victory in the 2020 presidential election. (a)
  10. On August 4, 2021, U.S. Magistrate Judge Robin Meriweather signed an arrest warrant for him. For his participation in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, he was charged with assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers and aiding and abetting; obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting; civil disorder; disorderly conduct in a U.S. Capitol building and act of physical violence in the U.S. Capitol grounds or buildings. (a)(b)
  11. On August 12, 2021, he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Kettering. Represented by Jose Lopez, he made his initial court appearance in Southern District of Ohio and pleaded not guilty. (a)(b)
  12. On September 13, 2022, he was found guilty of two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges. (g)
  13. He was 63 years old when he was sentenced on February 24, 2023 to 14 months in prison for two felony charges  and six months in prison for two misdemeanor charges. Both sentences will run concurrently.  (h)

(This is a developing story. More details are being added.)


If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.


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