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Vegas man arrested on terrorism charges facing child sex criminal compliant

Posted at 10:11 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 01:11:14-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Stephen Thomas Parshall, aka “Kiwi,” 35, of Las Vegas has been charged in a criminal complaint with one count of sexual exploitation of children.

Parshall was charged last month with violations of federal and state law for conspiracy to cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas, and possession of an unregistered destructive device (specifically, an improvised incendiary device known as a Molotov cocktail).

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Wednesday's charge was announced by U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Trutanich for the District of Nevada, Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse of the FBI, and Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Parshall’s initial appearance in federal court on the new criminal complaint has not yet been scheduled.

According to court documents, Parshall was arrested on May 30. Law enforcement had learned of Parshall’s alleged participation in a conspiracy to cause destruction during protests that evening in Las Vegas, and of his alleged membership in the “Boogaloo” movement, a term used by extremists to signify a coming civil war and/or collapse of society.

When law enforcement officers executed search warrants after the arrest, they located 10 images of child pornography, as well as numerous images of child erotica, on Parshall’s cellular phone, according to authorities.

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The minimum statutory penalty for the offense of sexual exploitation of children is 15 years in prison, and the maximum statutory penalty is 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Authorities say a criminal complaint is an allegation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.