An Oregon man was charged with a federal hate crime for using the internet to attack and brutally assault gay man because he is gay.
Daniel Andrew McGee of Springfield has been charged with a hate crime. McGee is accused of trying to kill his victim.
According to court documents, McGee met his victim using Grindr. This social media and networking app is primarily for gay men. McGee, after having agreed to meet, entered the victim’s apartment on July 5 and began to attack him with a wooden club for several minutes. McGee kept striking the victim repeatedly with the club despite the victim’s repeated pleas to McGee not to. The victim suffered life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a local hospital.
Further investigation revealed that McGee had used the internet in the weeks preceding the attack to find and view violent anti-gay material. This included videos of antigay attacks. McGee also used the internet for planning the attack, including purchasing weapons and other materials online. McGee also searched the internet for tips on how to avoid being caught and how to escape murder.
On November 15, McGee, an FBI agent arrested him and he made his first appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge. He was placed under arrest pending further court proceedings.
Acting U.S. attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of District of Oregon made the announcement.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the FBI with the assistance of the Eugene Police Department. The case is being investigated by the FBI with assistance from the Eugene Police Department. Bell, Civil Rights Division. A criminal complaint is a mere accusation of a crime. The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.