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Woman accused of taking script from conservative commentator identified as QVCC employee

Posted November 30, 2017 5:55 p.m. EST

— An employee of a community college was accused by a conservative speaker of taking the script from him and igniting a fight on the University of Connecticut campus.

Catherine Gregory was confirmed to be a student advisor at the Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, the school said. According to its website, she's an associate director of career services and advising.

QVCC issued a statement about the incident on Thursday afternoon.

"Quinebaug Valley Community College confirms that one of its employees attended a speech given by Mr. Wintrich at the University of Connecticut." the statement read. "The employee attended on her personal time and QVCC learned about the incident when reported in the media. The College does not condone the behavior and encourages peaceful discourse and compassionate debate. The employee attended the event as a private citizen."

The school said it spoke with Gregory about the incident. It also said she is still employed.

Her picture was taken down along with other staff members Wednesday. QVCC officials said they did it to protect their employees.

On camera, Gregory appears to take the notes of Gateway Pundit commentator Lucian Wintrich off of a podium during Wintrich's "It's OK to be White" speech on Tuesday.

The incident led to a fight at the UConn College Republicans' sponsored event during which Wintrich was arrested by UConn police.

Wintrich was seen lunging at Gregory in the video, which led to her being dragged to the ground. He was charged with breach of peace and released on a $1,000 bond.

"It doesn't matter if it's a speech or a stock-bond from 1910," Wintrich previously told Eyewitness News. "It was my property that this woman, that this college advisor was able to steal from the lectern."

Wintrich posted to social media that he would "peruse legal justice against the woman who stole my property and the university that failed to secure my freedom of speech and safety."

"The officers on duty refused to intervene before the situation with protesters escalated," Wintrich previously told Eyewitness News. "They should have never been able to get up to the stage."

Wintrich said he was outraged that Gregory has yet to be charged.

"It's absurd to me that this woman apparently wasn't arrested," Wintrich previously told Eyewitness News.

UConn did make one other arrested in connection with the incident.

Police arrested 19-year-old Sean Miller, of Glastonbury, after he broke a window while people were leaving. He was charged with breach of peace and criminal mischief.

UConn said it is reviewing the video and more charges and arrests could follow.

UConn's president has spoken with the young Republicans group on campus about what happened. Channel 3 reached out to them but they have not made a statement since.

Channel 3 went to the home of Gregory, but no one was home at the time.