FRESNO (AP/CBS4) — A self-proclaimed pedophilia advocate who once ran for political office in Virginia was extradited to Northern California Friday after he was arrested in Denver International Airport for allegedly luring a 12-year-old girl online to run away from her Fresno home.
Nathan Larson was extradited from Denver to Fresno County to face felony charges of kidnapping, child abduction, soliciting child pornography from a minor and meeting a child for the intention of sex.READ MORE: COVID: Healdsburg Family Leaving California On Cross-Country Trip In Search Of New Home
The investigation began in mid-December when the girl’s family reported her missing from her bedroom in Fresno.
According to Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims, Larson allegedly met the girl previously through social media, flew to California and persuaded her to sneak out of her house around 2 a.m. They took a rideshare car to the Fresno Airport, where they board a plane bound for Washington, D.C.
Larson was taken into custody and the girl was rescued by a police officer who stopped the pair during their layover in Denver. The girl was not injured and later was reunited with her family.
Mims said the 40-year-old Larson made the girl wear a long-haired wig to make her look older and told her to pretend to be mute during their travel.
Mims said Larson described the measures Larson allegedly took to groom the girl as being “sophisticated nature” and asked anyone who may have had inappropriate contact with Larson to contact police. She also urged parents to always monitor their children’s internet activity and who they are communicating with online.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Santa Clara County Debuts Vaccination Site For Teachers, Education Workers At Fairgrounds
Federal agents searched Larson’s house and discovered that during the past two months since meeting her online in October, Larson persuaded the girl to send him pornographic images of herself, according to Mims. During the search, Larson’s 69-year-old father, Arthur Larson, assaulted a federal agent and was arrested, she said.
Charged with assault and battery, the father was later released from jail after posting bond.
Mims said detectives also discovered the son’s “deeply disturbing background.”
“He is a white supremacist and a well-known advocate for pedophilia,” she said of the younger Larson. “This is a man who runs a website, which encourages the raping of children and sharing of naked photos and video of children being raped.”
Larson ran and lost a 2017 campaign to become a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 31st House District encompassing Prince William and Fauquier counties in northern Virginia. He ran as an independent and his platform included advocating for fathers to be able to marry their daughters, legalizing child pornography and suppressing women’s rights.
In 2009, while living in Boulder, Colorado, he was sentenced to 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to sending an email to the Secret Service that he intended to kill the president “in the near future.” It is unclear whether Larson was referring to then-President George W. Bush or then-President-elect Barack Obama.
He wound up serving 14 months.MORE NEWS: Fremont Police Release Additional Details In Pursuit, Exchange Of Gunfire With Teens Suspected In Home Invasion
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