Charges dropped against former LA County Republican Party chief accused of sexting with a minor
UPDATE: Los Angeles City Attorney’s office has dropped all charges against Scott Hounsell.
The former GOP official wrote that “all charges related to the false accusations made against me were dropped and dismissed,” on his Facebook page, according to SantaClarita.com. “While I will never get my life back, I certainly hope to be able to get back to work. Thank you to all who stood by my side and supported me during this horrible time for me and my family. More to come on this soon.”
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The former executive director of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County was arrested last Friday for allegedly sexting with a 16-year-old girl.
During a child exploitation investigation conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department Mission Division, the girl told officers that Scott Hounsell, 30, had engaged in sexually explicit chats with her via a social media website. Police did not say what social media website was used.
The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for sending harmful matter to a child and Hounsell was arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. He was released on $40,000 bail Friday afternoon.
A spokesman for the Republican Party of Los Angeles County said Hounsell resigned June 15.
“Scott Hounsell is a former employee of RPLAC who resigned on June 15th. Until we were contacted by the LAPD today, we had absolutely no knowledge of any information relating to this case. We take this issue very seriously and will fully cooperate with law enforcement any way we can,” Jonathan Wilcox told CBS Los Angeles.
Firedoglake noted that Hounsell had mocked New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner on his personal Twitter account.
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