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Man Facing New Charges Over Muslim Assault Plot

Posted at 5:10 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 18:10:05-04

An eastern Tennessee man accused of planning to burn down a mosque in a small Muslim enclave in New York has now been facing more federal charges.

Robert Doggart, age 64, pleaded not guilty in July to one charge of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported a grand jury on Tuesday also indicted Doggart on one count of solicitation to commit arson of a building and two counts of threat in interstate commerce charges.

Authorities believed Doggart spent months plotting an assault on a Muslim community outside Hancock, New York. He was arrested in April 2015.

Doggart's attorney Garth Best couldn't be reached for comment.

Doggart, who has been under house arrest in Sequatchie County, has been scheduled to appear in a Chattanooga federal court on June 3.