The Senior Digital Strategist for Trump 2020 Campaign was arrested and charged with distributing child pornography in D.C., according to police.
Ruben Verastigui, 27, who worked on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, was previously employed as a senior digital strategist for the Senate Republican Conference and Republican National Committee. He was also the digital media coordinator for the anti-abortion group Students for Life of America. He left the Republican Conference in July of 2020 to become the communications manager for the nonprofit group Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions.
D.C. police said that between March of last year and February of this year, Verastigui, of Northeast, received and possessed images of child pornography.
The Meaww: According to court documents obtained by The Daily Beast, Homeland Security special agents came across Verastigui while looking into a group of at least 18 people who were trading child porn on a website that remains unnamed “to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.” In a group chat on the site, Verastigui went by the username “Landon” and the handle @somethingtaken, according to investigators.
The court documents reveal a very disturbing chat on the site in which Verastigui told another person that “babies” were his “absolute favorite.” “Well like I said babies are some of my biggest turn-ons and beast,” Verastigui wrote in the direct message, according to court documents. “Young rape… Fuck I love all that.” Verastigui sent further messages about wanting to view “hardcore” videos. When he was sent a video file showing an adult sexually penetrating a child, he replied “FUCK YES!!!”
According to the criminal complaint filed, Verastigui asked another member to visit DC “for the purpose of sexually abusing a minor.” During another discussion, he was sent and viewed a video depicting the rape of an infant.
Court documents also state that he sent naked photos of himself to the group chat. Those pictures were taken in his home kitchen and court documents note that a tattoo of words written in the script can be seen on Verastigui’s left arm.. During a search warrant execution on Friday, February 5, Verastigui admitted to being active on the child porn site, the court documents added.