Authorities have arrested a former political candidate – who allegedly advocated pedophilia – for kidnapping a young child from California.
40-year-old Nathan Daniel Larson was arrested by Denver law enforcement officials at Denver International Airport while waiting for a transfer flight to Virginia with the 12-year-old girl.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement:
“Larson is currently in the Denver County Jail facing a misdemeanor charge of harboring a minor.”
“However, he is also facing felony charges in Fresno County for kidnapping, child abduction, soliciting child pornography from a minor, and meeting a child for the intention of sex.”
The girl was reported missing to police on Monday.
Law enforcement discovered during their investigation that the girl may have been coerced into running away with an older man who she met online.
The statement continued:
“The information pointed to the girl possibly heading to Fresno Yosemite International Airport to catch a cross-country flight to Virginia to be with this man.
“Detectives received assistance from members of Fresno Airport Police and Homeland Security Investigations who revealed a man, later identified to be Nathan Larson, was seen with a young girl, and the two boarded a plane bound for Washington DC.
“This flight was scheduled to have a layover in Denver, so detectives contacted law enforcement authorities there and asked that they check the airport for Larson and the child.
“A Denver Police officer assigned to the local FBI Task Force located Larson and arrested him.
“Agents rescued the girl, who was uninjured, and made arrangements to have her reunited with her family in Fresno, which she was later on Monday night.”
According to authorities, Larson flew across the country and convinced the girl to sneak out of her parent’s home.
He then used a ride-share company to go to the airport.
Larson allegedly made the girl wear a wig to conceal her appearance, and also told her to act disabled so she couldn’t interact with anyone in the airport.
A search warrant was later executed at Larson’s home before they were assaulted by Larson’s 69-year-old father.
“During the investigation, detectives uncovered Nathan Larson has a deeply disturbing background,” the statement continued.
“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. During the past two months, Larson was able to convince the Fresno girl, through manipulation and grooming, to send him pornographic images of herself.”
Larson now faces felony charges of kidnapping, child abduction,
Fresno officials will request that he be extradited to California.
“Due to the sophisticated nature of how Larsen groomed this Fresno girl,” detectives believe there may be other victims.
In 2017, Larson ran to become a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing District 31, but he lost.
In 2008, he sent a “detailed email” to the Secret Service threatening to kill the then President of the United States George W. Bush who was the outgoing president and Barack Obama was the incoming president.
He was later convicted and spent 14 months in prison.