A member of the far-right group Patriot Front has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges stemming from his arrest protesting a Pride event last year.
Jared Boyce, 28, faces 30 years behind bars after confessing to nine counts of sexually exploiting a minor, as well as sending a picture of his genitals to a 16-year-old girl.
The pedophile was one of 31 Patriot Front members who were arrested last year while on their way to intercept a gay pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
After his arrest, an FBI search of his phone revealed a slew of disturbing images, leading him to confess to the crimes to investigators.
Patriot Front member Jared Boyce (pictured) faces 30 years behind bars after confessing to nine counts of sexually exploiting a minor, and sending a picture of his genitals to a 16-year-old girl
Boyce’s arrest came as members of the Patriot Front tried to storm a gay pride event in June 2022.
Dressed in the usual Patriot Front attire of tan pants, a navy shirt and a white face mask, the men were seen prior to their arrest in riot gear in a rented U-Haul truck.
Police say the group conspired to incite violence at the event, and footage of the large-scale arrest shows dozens of men wearing “reclaim America”-branded shirts.
They were joined by several other far-right extremist factions as they rallied to accuse the LGBTQ group of being “groomers” and spark a riot.
But a public tip-off allowed police to intercept them before they got to the event, and Boyce was arrested alongside three dozen others.
He has been held in the Utah County Jail since March 10 and faces an additional criminal conspiracy charge related to his involvement in the Idaho Pride event.
More than 30 Patriot Front members, including Boyce (top left), were arrested after plotting to riot outside a gay pride event in 2022
Extremists were arrested trying to charge a gay pride event in Idaho last year
The Patriot Front has made headlines in recent years after regularly arriving unannounced at events across the country in an effort to wreak havoc.
During the failed Pride riot, police seized a number of weapons from the group, including at least one smoke grenade, a collection of several shields and shin guards, and documents including a “plan of operations of the group, found by officers in the U-haul.
The Patriot Front was founded in 2017 by Thomas Ryan Rousseau, who was also among those arrested alongside Boyce.
Cited as one of the biggest producers of white supremacist propaganda, the group was created by Rousseau following the infamous 2017 white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The members base their beliefs on an extremist ideology that since their white ancestors conquered America, the country should be left exclusively to them. On its website, the group says its activism is fueled by the belief that “America will be free from tyrannical rule.”
Members of the Patriot Front pictured marching along the National Mall in Washington DC on May 13, 2023
We could hear the white nationalists chanting: “Life, freedom and victory”
The extremist group previously descended on Boston to protest SatanCon, pictured April 29, 2023
A leader of the group previously said in a podcast in July 2022 that the organization aims to “make the men who will make the nation”.
“We are creating an organization that can become a legitimate rule-making body…our ideology demands that we stand for something,” he added.
Members regularly graffiti and place stickers on structures across the country, and he says Massachusetts and Texas are the hardest hit regions.
The group regularly joins other protest groups unannounced and reportedly aims to avoid counter-protests by holding events without permission or outside press.
They have made several headline-grabbing appearances in recent months, including a menacing march on the Washington DC Capitol.
The extremists were escorted by police along the National Mall as they chanted the movement’s slogan: “Life, Freedom and Victory”.
In a video posted on Telegram, a member of the Patriot Front leaving the march said it was a “good protest” and that the activists “kept tight and kept in formation”.
“Put simply, we will be back,” he added in a chilling warning.
Masked extremists also sparked fury when they attempted to disrupt SatanCon in April.
Billed as “the largest satanic gathering in history”, members of the Patriot Front were seen wielding crucifixes as they confronted the Satanists.
What is the Patriot Front?
The Patriot Front is a white supremacist group founded by Thomas Ryan Rousseau, a 23-year-old from Dallas.
The group maintains a white nationalist ideology, firmly believing that since the ancestors of its white members conquered America, the country should be left to them, and no one else.
The group, which views Black Americans, Jews and LGBTQ people as enemies, argues that through processions and riots against these groups, it preserves the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of its members’ white European ancestors.
The Patriot Front spreads its message mainly through the Internet, through social media with materials such as banners, flyers and posters.
In 2020, the group shifted the message in its materials from being more anti-Semitic and white supremacist to a form of “patriotism” that justifies its bigotry, based on white supremacist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and fascist ideals.
The group is responsible for the majority of white supremacist propaganda in the United States, accounting for 80% of all propaganda incidents nationwide in 2020.
They are currently participating in localized “flash demos” across the country.