Ex Trump aide arrested for his role in child-porn distribution ring

A former digital strategist who helped design social media ads for Donald Trump's reelection campaign was arrested Friday for his alleged role in a child-porn distribution ring.

Ruben Verastigui, 27, was charged with distributing child pornography, according to  a release from the Metropolitan Police Department.

'Between March 2020 and February 2021, an investigation revealed the suspect distributed, received and possessed images of child pornography,' the release states. 

According to his LinkedIn, Verastigui worked for the Senate Republican Conference from March 2019 until July 2020. By then, the investigation into Verastigui had been in full swing. 

The Texas native had most recently been working at non-profit Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions. He was no longer working there as of Saturday, the Daily Beast reports. 

'The details of the allegations against Mr. Verastigui are tragic and shocking,' a spokesperson for the non-profit told the Daily Beast. '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.'  

Special agents with Homeland Security began looking to Verastigui while investigating a group of at least 18 people who they say were trading child porn, according to court documents.

The website name was not released 'to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.' 

Investigators say that Verastigui allegedly went by the username 'Landon' in the group chat and used the handle @somethingtaken.

In one instance of communication, Verastigui is said to have told another user that 'babies' were his 'absolute favorite.'  

'Well like I said babies are some of my biggest turn-ons and beast,' Verastigui allegedly said in the direct message, according to the court documents. 'Young rape… F**k I love all that.'

He also allegedly sent additional messages about wanting to look at 'hardcore' videos, responding 'F**K YES!!!' to a video he was sent of an adult sexually penetrating a child.  




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