New Jersey man charged in antigay bumper sticker incident
October 22 2005 12:00 AM ET
A northern New
Jersey man faces hate-crime charges for putting an antigay
bumper sticker on a car. The reason the incident is being
treated as a crime is that the car wasn't his.
Gina Genovese is the sole Democrat on the Long
Hill township committee. On September 30 she reported
to police that she'd found a bumper sticker on her
Lexus SUV depicting a man, woman, and child holding hands,
with a handwritten message protesting same-sex marriage.
The Daily Record of Bergen County reports that
crime scene investigators were able to lift a fingerprint
off the back of the sticker and run it through the
national database. Long Hill Police say the print
belonged to George M. Dengler, who has been charged
with harassment and bias intimidation in the case.
Police chief Michael Peoples says investigators
believe Dengler put the sticker on the SUV while it
was parked in a municipal lot and Genovese was inside
attending a township committee meeting. Dengler is scheduled
to appear in court next Thursday. (Tim Curran, Sirius OutQ