IN 2013 Ruben A Verastigui, above, addressing a March for Life rally, banged on about ‘saving babies.’ Turns out that he was more interested in raping them.
“Young rape… Fuck I love all that” Verastigui, 27, an ex-Trump staffer said in an online message uncovered after he was arrested last Friday for distributing child pornography.
The former digital strategist for the Senate Republican Conference worked for Christian pro-life groups and designed social media ads for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
On the day of the Capitol insurrection, Verastigui tweeted this:
Court documents obtained by The Daily Beast say that 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 detail horrifying exchanges between Verastigui and another paedophile on the site in which Verastigui said that “babies” were:
His absolute favorite. Well like I said babies are some of my biggest turn-ons …. 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!!!”
Washington D C Metropolitan Police arrested Verastigui after an investigation revealed he allegedly “distributed, received, and possessed images of child pornography” between March 2020 and February 2021.
Verastigui, who posted a photo of himself on social media at the White House just two months ago, worked for the Senate Republican Conference until July 2020, according to his LinkedIn profile, in which he describes himself as:
A proud born and raised Texan working in the land of pantsuits and politics. Passionate about creating beautifully creative and comprehensive content for policy and social justice issues.
The investigation into his alleged offences took place while he was still working for the Republican Party.
He had been working as a communications manager for a non-profit called Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions until last Saturday. A spokesperson for the non-profit said:
The details of the allegations against Mr. Verastigui are tragic and shocking. 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.
According to the criminal complaint, Verastigui asked another member of the group to come to D C:
For the purpose of sexually abusing a minor.
During another discussion, he was sent and viewed a video depicting the rape of an infant. The court documents also allege Verastigui sent naked photos of himself to the group chat.
During a search warrant execution on Friday, Verastigui admitted to being active on the child porn site.
Verastigui’s LinkedIn profile says he worked for the Republican National Committee from 2017 to 2018, which included working on social media ads for the Trump Make America Great Again Committee and Donald J Trump for President, Inc.
As Holt originally noted, Verastigui has worked for several anti-abortion groups including March for Life, Students for Life America, Live Action and Susan B Anthony list.
You can see him addressing “pro-lifers” in this video.