Almost $35K Raised for IBEW Father Who Lunged at Convicted Sex Abuser Will Go to Help Victims

By on February 13, 2018

From the Labor Tribune:  A GoFundMe page created to help the IBEW Local 665 dad who lunged at convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom Feb. 2 raised almost $35,000 in just two days.

Randall Margraves, the father of three daughters who said they were molested by the former sports doctor, asked the judge to grant him “five minutes in a locked room with the demon.” He made the request after two of his daughters finished giving victim impact statements against Nassar.

The judge declined, and he asked, “Would you give me one minute?” She again said no, adding, “That’s not how our legal system works.”

“Well I’m going to have to,” Margraves said as he sprinted across the courtroom toward Nassar, where he was blocked by Nassar’s attorney and tackled by sheriff’s deputies.

UNION BROTHER STEPS IN TO HELP

It wasn’t immediately clear what would happen to Margraves. Video of the incident was shared across social medial and IBEW 665 Assistant Business Manager Aaron Pangborn set up a GoFundMe page asking for support to help a union “brother and friend in need.”

Pangborn set a goal of raising $1,000. The fund raised $34,411 before Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham announced there was “no way” she would fine Margraves or send him to jail.

When Pangborn learned that Margraves would not be facing any charges in the incident, he stopped taking donations and thanked everyone for their support. He said he was shocked by the outpouring of support.

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