Region 8 Man Ordered to Stay Away from White House

FEBRUARY 17, 2006 - Posted at 5:21 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, man has been convicted of illegally entering the White House grounds.  Shawn Cox scaled the White House fence last December 4 after telling Secret Service officers that he wanted to see Chelsea Clinton.

Cox told a D.C. Superior Court judge that three officers assigned to the White House bicycle patrol urged him to jump the fence.  He also says they told him he might be injured by a guard dog and arrested.

Judge John Bayly rejected a suggestion by Cox's court-appointed attorney that the Secret Service officers spent a Sunday morning playing with a mentally unstable individual.  Three officers testified they told Cox that Chelsea Clinton doesn't live in the White House anymore.

Cox was arrested by officers when he landed in the White House grounds.

Bayly suspended a 150-day sentence, but ordered Cox to pay a $50 fine and stay at least one block away from the White House.

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