Police arrest teenager accused of helping GOP strategist engage in child sex trafficking – .

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Police arrest teenager accused of helping GOP strategist engage in child sex trafficking – .


Florida law enforcement has arrested 19-year-old Gisela Castro Medina on charges of helping a wealthy young Republican strategist from Minnesota prey on girls and recruit them into paid sex.
She faces the same criminal charges as her alleged boyfriend, GOP agent Anton Lazzaro: sex trafficking of a minor, attempted sex trafficking and obstructing justice.

Both are from Minnesota. But as the FBI arrested Lazzaro in Minneapolis Thursday morning, prison records show law enforcement caught up with Castro Medina that same evening in the Florida panhandle. She was labeled a “fugitive from justice” and jailed overnight, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department.

The agency’s website says she was denied the opportunity to post bail for her release and instead was transferred out of their custody on Friday afternoon.

A photo posted on Instagram shows Castro Medina and Lazzaro together at an event in May, each with a different partner by their side. She publicly describes herself online as a student living in St. Paul, Minnesota, who attends St. Thomas Catholic University and works at a property management company. She is the president of the University Chapter of Republicans at Minnesota College, the group confirmed. A person who knows her personally confirmed to the Daily Beast that Castro Medina was traveling to Florida this week.

Shortly after a phone call with The Daily Beast on Saturday, Republicans at Minnesota College released a statement regarding the arrest.

“As an organization, we are absolutely disgusted by Ms. Medina’s actions and have severed all ties with her with immediate effect,” Nia Moore, group president, said in a statement. “Our prayers go to the victims of Anton Lazzaro and Gisela Medina, we believe you. We are with you. May justice be done. “

According to two of Lazzaro’s former associates, he is currently dating an 18-year-old woman. One of them said he met her via Castro Medina.

Castro Medina’s name is still redacted in the public version of the indictment, but she is expected to appear in federal court in Minnesota soon. She did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday morning.

Lazzaro, an aspiring Ferrari-driving playboy who has helped fund several Republican politicians, is accused in the indictment of teaming up with an associate in a months-long campaign in 2020 to recruit five young girls for paid sex – and an attempt to pressure a sixth. The indictment also claims that his partner “intentionally obstructed” the federal investigation in March 2021.

The Daily Beast this week broke news of his arrest and how the FBI searched his luxury condo in downtown Minneapolis in December for evidence of who he was bringing in and out of the building.

Court records now show officers seized his 2010 Ferrari convertible, $ 371,240 in US bills, an assortment of cash from 10 other countries, gold bars with a current value of over $ 931,000, a similar amount of money and 13 phones, including one specifically designed to be quickly erased. data all at once.

In the days following his arrest, Republicans in Minnesota moved away from Lazzaro. When The Daily Beast interviewed him in July, weeks before his arrest, he threatened this reporter with investigating his actions.

At the time, he said: “There is nothing in this matter. He’s not a Matt Gaetz or what you think he is.

Coincidentally, his partner was jailed in Okaloosa County, located in the Congressional District of Gaetz in Florida.

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