Pro-life, pro-family, and morally superior Republicans seem utterly incapable of keeping their hands off of kids. On Thursday, 30-year-old GOP strategist and one-time Minnesota campaign staffer Anton Larazzo was arrested and charged with multiple counts of underage sex trafficking and obstructing justice.
Larazzo has been a frequent guest on right-wing propaganda outlets such as Fox News, Fox Radio, and Newsmax and he enjoys flaunting his flashy lifestyle on Instagram.
Larazzo was “indicted on five counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of attempting to do so, and three counts of obstruction of justice. The FBI confirmed its agents had arrested Lazzaro in Minneapolis this morning. And the indictment was unsealed in federal court Thursday afternoon during his initial appearance in federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota, which took place over a video conference,” The Daily Beast reported. “The indictment accuses Lazzaro of having ‘recruited’ at least five underage victims for paid sex between May and December last year, and trying to entice a sixth. It also says he ‘knowingly and intentionally interfered’ with the investigation as it closed in on him.”
Larazzo – whose home was raided by law enforcement last December – claimed to Daily Beast political investigations reporter Jose Pagliery in July that “someone made a false accusation against me,” insisting that there were “no charges, no case, nothing political” and that the “matter was regarding a totally unrelated incident that’s now almost resolved, essentially.”
Larazzo subsequently threatened to sue The Daily Beast and Pagliery for obtaining records about the case, which he believed were “intercepted” illegally.
“There’s nothing to this case. It’s not some Matt Gaetz or whatever you think this is,” he said.
United States Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson remanded Larazzo until his hearing next week after six of his victims said that they were concerned for their personal safety.
“It’s their strong wish that the United States proceed with a recommendation of detention,” the judge said.
The Daily Beast‘s full report is available here.
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