A man allegedly linked to the far-right “boogaloo” movement, already accused of plotting to provoke violence in the Las Vegas protests, has now been accused of committing child pornography, federal prosecutors said Wednesday .
Stephen Parshall, 35, also known as “Kiwi,” has been charged with a number of child sexual exploits after investigators allegedly found 10 images of child pornography and other material on his cell phone. , said the U.S. Attorney for the Nevada District. in a statement.
Parshall was one of three people, all of whom are alleged to be members of the “boogaloo”; movement, who were accused of trying to exploit protests in Las Vegas in late May, following the death of George Floyd, with a plan to incite violence.
Requests for comment from a lawyer listed as representing Parshall were not returned immediately Wednesday night.
The “boogaloo” movement has been described by prosecutors as the term used by extremists to mean an impending civil war and / or the collapse of society.
In early June, federal and state authorities charged three men with alleged links to the movement, including Parshall, and accused them of conspiracy to cause violence during the May protests in Las Vegas, he said. the U.S. attorney’s office.
The plot was a pamphlet with the help of an informant, officials said at the time.
It was after the arrests that investigators executed search warrants and found the image on Parshall’s cell phone, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.
Parshall, of Las Vegas, is being held in jail. If convicted on the new charge of child sexual exploitation, the minimum sentence is 15 years in prison and the maximum is 30 years, prosecutors said.
Charging documents related to the protest alleged that the men planned to use explosions to stir up some riots, and they eventually settled on a plan to go to protest at the Black Lives Matter with a Molotov cocktail. The three men were arrested before she could be executed, documents say.
The three attended an earlier protest in Las Vegas, carrying rifles, and Parshall allegedly urged protesters to become violent and become “very upset” when the event did not turn out that way, according to court documents.
Parshall pleaded not guilty in the protest-related case. A judge in June ordered that he be held in custody until the trial is seized, according to federal court online records.