Man Held In Vegas Terror Plot Also Facing Child Sex Charges

Alleged 'Boogaloo' Member Accused Of Planning Attacks During Protests

Associated Press
July 17, 2020 - 5:13 am
Mug shot of Boogaloo suspect from 6-8-20

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of three men accused of plotting terrorism attacks during Las Vegas protests in May of the death of a man in Minneapolis police custody is also facing child sexual assault and lewdness charges.

Stephen Parshall’s attorney, Robert Draskovich, acknowledged Thursday that a 26-count criminal complaint was filed Tuesday in Las Vegas, but said his client has not yet appeared before a judge. Court records showed a warrant was being issued for Parshall’s arrest.

Draskovich said Parshall, 36, will plead not guilty.

Parshall is currently in federal custody with two co-defendants, Andrew Lynam Jr. and William Loomis, in a separate case. Each faces state terrorism and explosives charges and federal conspiracy and firearms allegations.

Police and the FBI allege in court documents that the men have ties to an extremist right-wing group dubbed the “boogaloo” movement that supports overthrowing the U.S. government.

Police began investigating the sex case involving Parshall following the June 24 arrest of one of Parshall’s longtime friends on child sex charges.

The friend, Phillip Merrill, 35, pleaded guilty Thursday to sexual assault with a minor and lewdness with a child. He could face 30 years to life in state prison.