Ex-GOP Aide and Pro-Life Advocate Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charge, Called Videos Showing Sexual Abuse of Babies His ‘Absolute Favorite’

Ruben Verastigui (Contrary to the screenshot, his first name appears in court records as “Ruben.”)

A former GOP staffer and Republican National Committee aide pleaded guilty to having 162 videos and more than 50 images of child pornography on his phone, admitting that he called material depicting the sexual abuse of babies his “absolute favorite” in a signed statement accompanying his plea.

Ruben Verastigui, a 27-year-old self-described pro-life advocate and ex-campaign aide for former President Donald Trump, admitted in court documents in D.C. federal court that he belonged to an online group that traded the illicit material. Prosecutors shielded the name of the still-unidentified group, citing an ongoing investigation.

A statement of offense filed on the day of the
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