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Accused Capitol rioter who yelled at police for 'protecting pedophiles' served jail time for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl, report says

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 05 Jun 2021


<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/60bb84b4e459cb0018a2c5fe-295/Screenshot 2021-06-05 at 15.04.28.png" border="0" alt="Sean McHugh with a megaphone" data-mce-source="United States District Court for the District of Columbia" data-mce-caption="Sean McHugh, right, is pictured with a megaphone at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021." data-link="http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2021/images/06/03/2021-05-24.mchugh.complaint.and.statement.of.facts.pdf"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>A man accused of storming the Capitol and yelling at police officers for "protecting pedophiles" previously served jail time for the statutory rape of a teenage girl, according to a review of court records by <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/04/politics/capitol-rioter-rape-charge/">CNN</a>.</p><p>Footage obtained by the Metropolitan Police Department reveals that Sean McHugh used a megaphone at the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/capitol-riot-attendee-boasted-about-experience-on-social-media-2021-6">Capitol riot</a> to heckle police officers. "You guys like protecting pedophiles'" he said, <a href="http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2021/images/06/03/2021-05-24.mchugh.complaint.and.statement.of.facts.pdf">according to federal prosecutors</a>.</p><p>Yet, ironically, McHugh was convicted in 2010 on a California state charge of unlawful sex with a minor, CNN reported.</p><p>He was sentenced to 240 days in jail and four years of probation for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl when he was 23, former prosecutor Todd Kuhnen told the media outlet. McHugh pleaded no contest to the charge, Kuhnen said.</p><p><em><strong>Read more: </strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/60-minues-interview-justice-department-doj-capitol-riots-michael-sherwin-2021-3" data-e2e-name="inline-read-more-link">A Trump-appointed prosecutor blindsided the Biden DOJ with a '60 Minutes' interview on the Capitol riot cases. Now a federal judge wants to talk about it.</a></em></p><p>The Californian has been in jail since his arrest on May 27.</p><p>He is <a href="http://cdn.cnn.com/cnn/2021/images/06/03/2021-05-24.mchugh.complaint.and.statement.of.facts.pdf">charged with eight federal crimes</a> relating to the Capitol riot, including physical violence on Capitol grounds and assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon.</p><p>Videos from January 6 show McHugh pushing a large sign into a line of uniformed police officers, spraying an unknown chemical at officers, and encouraging others to be disruptive, <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/case-multi-defendant/file/1399611/download">federal prosecutors said.</a></p><p>At the time of the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/gop-rep-says-calling-january-6-insurrection-is-a-bold-faced-lie-2021-5">deadly insurrection</a>, he was on probation for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, the criminal complaint shows.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Insider's searchable database, more than 500 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/capitol-riot-man-said-police-protect-pedophiles-raped-teen-girl-2021-6#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/racist-origins-marijuana-prohibition-legalization-2018-2">How racism contributed to marijuana prohibition in the US</a></p>
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