Sean Michael McHugh, who was tagged AFO#59 by the FBI and #Sean59afo by the Sedition Hunters, was on probation for a 2018 drunk driving conviction when he joined the insurrection…
Department of Justice
A California man was found guilty in the District of Columbia of felony charges for his actions during the January 6, 2021, Capitol breach. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.
Sean Michael McHugh, 35, of Auburn, California, was found guilty yesterday, following a stipulated bench trial, of obstruction and assaulting, impeding, or interfering with law enforcement officers. U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates scheduled a sentencing hearing for September 7, 2023.
According to evidence presented in court, McHugh was on the Lower West Terrace on the afternoon of January 6 where he was captured on video footage and audio assaulting multiple U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers. McHugh is captured on video carrying a cannister of bear spray in a holster on his hip and discharging the bear spray into a line of USCP officers. Metropolitan Police Department body worn camera video and audio captures McHugh yelling at officers, among other things, “You’re protecting communists!”; “There is a Second Amendment behind us, what are you going to do then?”; and “You ain’t holding the line!” At approximately 1:40 p.m., McHugh, along with other rioters, pushed a large metal sign into a line of uniformed police officers while McHugh yelled into his megaphone, “Put it up there! Put it up there!”
According to prosecutors’ description of the footage, McHugh allegedly shouted, “You guys like protecting pedophiles?” “you’re protecting communists,” “I’d be shaking in your little s–t boots too,” and, “there is a Second Amendment behind us, what are you going to do then?”
McHugh was convicted in 2010 on a state charge of unlawful sex with a minor, according to California court records reviewed by CNN and lawyers involved in McHugh’s cases. McHugh was sentenced to 240 days in jail – though he served less – and got four years of probation.
There was DNA evidence that connected McHugh to the girl, former prosecutor Todd Kuhnen told CNN. The victim was 14 years old and McHugh was 23 when the crime occurred, Kuhnen said. The victim also alleged that she was intoxicated when the incident occurred.
McHugh pleaded no contest to the underage sex charge. Kuhnen said he didn’t take the case to trial because he didn’t want to “run the victim through the wringer again,” and said that the victim and her mother signed off to the plea agreement as part of California’s victims’ rights law.
McHugh has a bit of a rap sheet...
Law & Crime
The FBI noted that McHugh’s alleged assault of police officers at the U.S. Capitol was hardly his first brush with the law. Agents interviewed local authorities from McHugh’s 13,330-population city of Auburn, California, and though the officers could not recall everyone they interacted with, McHugh stood out for some of them.
“Some of these officers had never interacted with McHugh, while others had multiple contacts with McHugh—as many as 20 interactions, the most recent recorded interaction being from a 2017 DUI arrest,” the FBI’s affidavit states.
McHugh’s name matches a little more than a dozen records from the Placer County Superior Court online database, which is not a comprehensive catalogue of the defendant’s confirmed or alleged misconduct. The statutory rape conviction is not listed on that database, as a clerk said that docket has been transferred.
The same year as that 2010 prosecution, however, McHugh was slapped with a restraining order in a family code case for domestic abuse of a woman—roughly his age—whom he allegedly left with two black eyes, a large welt on her forehead, and bruises on her body. The address listed for McHugh in that docket matches the one identified by the FBI.
Sentencing guidelines do not look promising for this dude right now...
Times of San Diego
During a video hearing before U.S. District Judge John Bates, Maria Jacob, a lawyer for accused rioter Sean McHugh, told the court her client was entering not guilty pleas to all charges currently pending against him, which include assaulting police using a dangerous weapon and engaging in violence on the Capitol grounds or in the building.
In an affidavit laying out the grounds for McHugh’s arrest, an FBI agent said that videos taken during the riot show McHugh “assaulting” Capitol Police officers by shoving a large metal sign at them and spraying them with what the affidavit described as an “unknown chemical.”
A July 7 indictment explicitly alleged McHugh attacked police with bear spray.
The FBI said McHugh was currently on probation following a 2018 conviction for driving under the influence. A Superior Court official in California’s Placer County confirmed to Reuters that McHugh in 2010 had pleaded guilty to engaging in unlawful sex with a minor.
The presiding judge is Senior Judge John D. Bates, a George W. Bush appointee...
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Just Security — January 6th Clearinghouse
The Trace — Capitol Riot Gun Arrests
USA Today January 6 Capitol Riot Arrests
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