A former GOP staffer, who once designed campaign ads for Trump, has been arrested on child pornography charges.
According to a press release from Washington, DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, 27-year-old Ruben Verastigui was arrested on Friday on charges of distributing, receiving, and possessing images of child pornography, following an investigation that started last March.
Verastigui’s LinkedIn page shows a long history of working for Republicans and conservative causes.
When the investigation started, he worked as a digital strategist for the Senate Republican Conference, leaving that position in July to become communications manager at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, a conservative green energy non-profit.
Verastigui appears to have been fired in the wake of his arrest.
“The details of the allegations against Mr. Verastigui are tragic and shocking,” a spokesperson for the non-profit told The Daily Beast on Saturday. “He is no longer employed by the organization and we are prepared to fully cooperate with law enforcement requests in this matter to any extent needed.”
He also previously worked as a senior designer for the Republican National Committee from May 2017 to July 2018. Part of his role involved designing ads for then-President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
His work history also includes stints at various anti-abortion organizations.
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