REVEALED: MAGA rioter who accused police of ‘protecting pedophiles’ during Capitol uprising was convicted of raping 14-year-old girl in 2010
- Sean McHugh, 34, charged with assaulting law enforcement officers with a deadly weapon, obstruction of justice and physical assault on the Capitol grounds
- Federal prosecutors say McHugh took part in the Jan. 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol, pushing a metal sign into the line of police officers and spraying them with chemicals
- McHugh was quoted as yelling at officers, “You like protecting pedophiles?”
- In 2010, McHugh, then 23, was convicted of unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl and sentenced to 240 prison terms, followed by four years’ probation.
- At the time of DC riots, McHugh was on trial over felony DUI convictions
A Northern California supporter of Donald Trump who has been accused of assaulting and trolling U.S. Capitol officers for “protecting pedophiles” during the Jan. 6 riots has previously been convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl, according to court documents.
Body camera footage caught Sean Michael McHugh, 34, of Auburn pushing a large metal sign into a row of uniformed officers during the riot and spraying an unknown, yellow chemical on police, prosecutors said.
“You like protecting pedophiles?” McHugh yelled at officers, federal prosecutors said. ‘You protect communists’ and ‘there is a Second Amendment behind us, what are you going to do then?’
Accused MAGA rioter Sean McHugh (pictured in the US Capitol on Jan. 6) was heard accusing police officers of “protecting pedophiles.” Records show that McHugh was previously convicted of the legal rape of a 14-year-old girl
McHugh is accused of spraying an unknown yellow chemical on the police, as seen in this screenshot from body camera video
According to an indictment, McHugh was seen on several videos encouraging the crowd with his megaphone to intimidate officers and approach the police line.
McHugh was arrested and detained on May 27 after a hearing in Sacramento federal court. He did not plead charges related to assaulting law enforcement officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon, obstruction of justice, and physical assault on the Capitol grounds.
At a hearing on Tuesday, a federal judge ordered McHugh to remain in prison pending trial because he viewed him as a threat to the public.
An overview of McHugh’s criminal past sheds new light on his “pedophile” comments to the Capitol Police Department.
An indictment says McHugh was seen in multiple videos encouraging the crowd with his megaphone to intimidate officers
At the time of the DC riots, McHugh (pictured holding the megaphone) was on probation over felony DUI convictions
As CNN First reported, McHugh was convicted in 2010 of unlawful sex with a minor and sentenced to 240 prison terms, followed by four years’ probation.
McHugh was 23 years old at the time of the crime and the female victim was 14.
Former Placer County deputy district attorney Todd Kuhnen, who was prosecuting the rape case, told CNN that the victim claimed she was intoxicated during the incident, and DNA evidence tied McHugh to the scene.
McHugh pleaded not to challenge the charges, with the victim’s approval, after the prosecutor chose not to go to trial to help the 14-year-old girl bear the added trauma of having to testify in court. save.
At the time of the violent uprising in Washington DC, McHugh was on parole with felony convictions for drink-driving and driving with a recovered license.
His extensive California criminal record has included a string of DUI arrests and violations.
McHugh, seen in a checked shirt and cap, has been charged with assaulting law enforcement officers with a deadly weapon, obstruction of justice and physical assault on the Capitol grounds
A canister of an unknown chemical is seen in a holster attached to McHugh’s pants
The mob storming the Capitol tried to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Many came from a meeting of then-President Trump, who refused to admit defeat and continued to claim without evidence that the election had been stolen.
Hundreds of rowdy and violent MAGA supporters broke through police barricades and overwhelmed officers. Some carried pepper spray, baseball bats and other weapons as they entered the Capitol with chants of “Hang Mike Pence” and “Stop the Steal.”
So far, more than 460 people have been charged with the Capitol violation, including 125 for assaulting or obstructing police.