At least three males who took half within the Jan. 6 revolt on the U.S. Capitol have histories of arrests for home violence or sexual abuse, increasing the tally of insurrectionists with disturbing data of arrests or expenses of violence in opposition to ladies and kids. In February, a HuffPost investigation discovered 9 different Jan. 6 contributors who had comparable histories, starting from accusations of intimate accomplice violence to jail time served for sexual assault.
One of the newly listed males, who was charged with attacking a police officer Jan. 6, has been accountable for “many hospital visits for many victims,” based on a charging memo uncovered by HuffPost. Another man being charged in reference to the Capitol riot has been arrested a number of occasions for home violence, however by no means prosecuted, and is pending trial on felony little one abuse expenses, HuffPost discovered.
And a 3rd, who allegedly yelled at Capitol police that they have been “protecting pedophiles,” was convicted of statutory rape in 2010, CNN reported final week.
The hyperlink between extremism and violent misogyny has develop into very evident in recent times as extra mass shooters have been discovered to have a historical past of violent conduct towards ladies. Though most abusive males don’t go on to perpetrate bigger acts of violence, the ties between violence in opposition to ladies and extremism are too clear to disregard, specialists mentioned.
“We still, in this day and age, treat violence against women as a personal or family issue, as opposed to a troubling indicator of someone who could become more violent,” Bridget Todd, communications director on the feminist group UltraViolet, advised HuffPost in February.
The particulars within the three newly discovered circumstances are surprising. Ryan Samsel, 38, is charged with assaulting a U.S. Capitol Police officer and giving her a concussion whereas storming the barricades. According to prosecutors, Samsel “has an extensive criminal history of assaultive and violent behavior” towards ladies and has been convicted of assaulting ladies no less than thrice.
“The facts underlying these other convictions are extremely disturbing,” prosecutors wrote of Samsel within the Pennsylvania man’s detention memo. “They show a pattern of Samsel choking and beating women to the point of loss of consciousness, of many hospital visits for many victims, of chipped and missing teeth, and of Samsel even breaking into one victim’s home multiple times to assault her.”
Samsel’s legal historical past features a 2006 assault through which he tried to run a girl he knew off the highway along with his automobile, punched her windshield and advised her he would kill her if he didn’t get again the $60 she owed him, prosecutors acknowledged. In 2009, Samsel was convicted of easy assault and reckless endangerment after he “held a victim against her will for five hours, choking her to the point of unconsciousness, pushing her, beating her, and chipping her teeth,” the detention memo says.
Samsel was once more convicted of easy assault, amongst different expenses, in 2011 for choking and beating his pregnant girlfriend. In 2015, he was convicted of easy assault for a 3rd time, involving a unique feminine sufferer who advised police that Samsel had choked her to the purpose of dropping consciousness.
Another lady got here ahead in 2019 and alleged that Samsel broke into her house, assaulted her and choked her till she misplaced consciousness a number of occasions. “The victim also alleged that Samsel raped her multiple times, and that she had often been scared he would kill her,” the detention memo says. The lady advised police she received a restraining order in opposition to Samsel, however he violated it a number of occasions.
When Samsel traveled to Washington to participate within the Jan. 6 riot, there was an open warrant for his arrest on assault expenses, and he was additionally on parole for a separate incident. Samsel’s attorneys didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.
Jorge Riley, a 43-year-old who identifies as Native American who stormed the Capitol sporting feathers and black face paint, has “a history of arrests for domestic violence against previous relationships,” prosecutors acknowledged in charging documents. None of Riley’s home abuse arrests resulted in prosecution.
“I can’t really put into words the fear he instills in you,” Megan Teefy, Riley’s ex-wife, advised HuffPost. Teefy advised HuffPost that Riley was bodily and emotionally abusive to her throughout their four-year relationship.
Riley is awaiting trial in California on felony little one abuse expenses through which he’s “alleged to have choked and beaten his child in public causing a number of visible marks and resulting in his son briefly losing consciousness,” based on prosecutors. Riley was on launch pending trial for these little one abuse expenses when he traveled to Washington for the Jan. 6 motion.
Riley is going through federal charges involving the storming of the Capitol, together with obstructing an official continuing and disorderly and disruptive conduct on restricted grounds. Riley’s attorneys didn’t reply to a number of requests for remark.
In the third case, Sean McHugh, 34, of Auburn, California, who’s going through eight felony counts for his involvement within the Capitol revolt, together with assaulting law enforcement officials and obstructing congressional proceedings, was additionally convicted in 2010 of statutory rape and sentenced to 240 days in jail and 4 years of probation, CNN reported final week.
According to charging paperwork, McHugh allegedly shouted at Capitol law enforcement officials whereas making an attempt to storm the constructing: “You guys like protecting pedophiles?”; “You’re protecting communists!”; “I’d be shaking in your little shit boots too”; “There is a second amendment behind us, what are you going to do then?”; “You ain’t holding the line!”
CNN reported that the prosecutor in McHugh’s statutory rape case mentioned the sufferer was 14 years previous and McHugh was 23 when the offense occurred.
McHugh declined to remark to HuffPost by means of his lawyer.
The similar far-right extremists who weaponize conspiracy theories and hate to radicalize followers on-line are trafficking in misogyny of their plight to silence and shun ladies they understand to be a risk to their energy.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence
The particulars in lots of the circumstances HuffPost present in its unique investigation are equally disturbing. Capitol rioter Edward Hemenway was launched from jail in 2013 after serving 5 years on rape, sexual battery and legal confinement expenses. According to courtroom data, Hemenway lured his estranged spouse to a resort in 2004 the place he handcuffed her, duct-taped her mouth shut and raped her. Another insurrectionist, Guy Reffitt from Wylie, Texas, put his spouse in a chokehold in 2018 till she nearly misplaced consciousness, based on a police report. When the cop requested how lengthy he had choked his spouse, Reffitt responded that “he had trouble remembering but he said not long because he loves her,” based on the report. Reffitt’s spouse, Nicole Reffitt, confirmed to HuffPost in February that the bodily altercation did occur, though she couldn’t recall particular particulars.
Violence in opposition to ladies, like home abuse or sexual assault, usually begets extra violence.
“The connection between far-right extremists and misogyny is extremely predictable,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) advised HuffPost in February. She is the co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence. “The same far-right extremists who weaponize conspiracy theories and hate to radicalize followers online are trafficking in misogyny in their plight to silence and shun women they perceive to be a threat to their power.”
HuffPost has additionally found that no less than one different pro-Trump rallygoer who was close to the Capitol grounds throughout the riot has been arrested over incidences of home violence and sexual assault.
Benjamin Martin, of Fresno, California, was current on the pro-Trump rally on Jan. 6. Although he’s not going through any federal expenses, Martin advised GV Wire, a Northern California news site, that he was contained in the Capitol however solely as a result of he was compelled in by a mob whereas attempting to de-escalate the state of affairs between rioters and Capitol Police. Martin advised GV Wire he was about 15 toes into the constructing earlier than strolling out, including that antifa was accountable for the revolt and vandalism on the Capitol. (There has been no proof of anti-fascist activists, often known as antifa, have been concerned within the Jan. 6 riot.)
Martin was accused of home violence by his former girlfriend in 2017, KFSN-TV in Fresno reported. The ex-girlfriend advised police that Martin strangled her after he discovered her wanting by means of his telephone and accused him of contacting escorts, based on a police report. That similar yr, there was an arrest warrant for Martin after he allegedly threatened his estranged spouse and broken her automobile. The expenses from the incident along with his estranged spouse have been dropped when he entered right into a plea deal for the home violence incident along with his ex-girlfriend.
Last yr, Martin’s sister requested a restraining order after she mentioned he repeatedly threatened her. “Benjamin harassed and threatened to ‘take me out,’” the sister mentioned in a police report. “I am not sure what he means by this and he is very angry about [losing] his real estate license. He wants to take it out on someone. I believe he is angry enough to do something to me and my family.” The case was later dismissed.
Martin is just not going through any federal expenses for his involvement within the rally. He didn’t reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Ryan Reilly contributed reporting.
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