Accused Capitol rioter who yelled at police for ‘protecting pedophiles’ served jail time for statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl, report says

Sean McHugh with a megaphone
Sean McHugh, right, is pictured with a megaphone at the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

  • During the Capitol riot, Sean McHugh used a megaphone to accuse police officers of “protecting pedophiles.”
  • McHugh served jailed time for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2010, CNN reported.
  • He is charged with eight federal crimes relating to the deadly insurrection.
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A man accused of storming the Capitol and yelling at police officers for “protecting pedophiles” previously served jail time for the statutory rape of a teenage girl, according to a review of court records by CNN.

Footage obtained by the Metropolitan Police Department reveals that Sean McHugh used a megaphone at the Capitol riot to heckle police officers. “You guys like protecting pedophiles?” he said, according to federal prosecutors.

Yet, ironically, McHugh was convicted in 2010 on a California state charge of unlawful sex with a minor, CNN reported.

He was sentenced to 240 days in jail and four years of probation for the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl when he was 23, former prosecutor Todd Kuhnen told the media outlet. McHugh pleaded no contest to the charge, Kuhnen said.

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The Californian has been in jail since his arrest on May 27.

He is charged with eight federal crimes relating to the Capitol riot, including physical violence on Capitol grounds and assaulting a law enforcement officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon.

Videos from January 6 show McHugh pushing a large sign into a line of uniformed police officers, spraying an unknown chemical at officers, and encouraging others to be disruptive, federal prosecutors said.

At the time of the deadly insurrection, he was on probation for driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, the criminal complaint shows.

According to Insider’s searchable database, more than 500 people have been charged in the Capitol insurrection so far.

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