A “white supremacist” and “paedophilia advocate” travelled across the US in order to kidnap a 12-year-old girl, police claim.
Virginia man Nathan Daniel Larson, 40, is in Denver County Jail on a misdemeanor charge and faces felony charges in California for the kidnapping that authorities say utilised such “sophisticated” grooming methods they fear there may be more victims.
In a statement, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office alleged Larson operated a website “which encourages the raping of children and sharing of naked photos and video of children being raped.”
It is unclear if Larson, who is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on December 24, has an attorney.
‘Manipulation and grooming’
Larson met the girl, who lives in the Californian city of Fresno, on social media in October, the sheriff’s office said.
Through two months of “manipulation and grooming,” Larson convinced her to send him pornographic images of herself, the sheriff’s department alleged.
Last week, he flew to Fresno and persuaded her to sneak out of her house around 2am Monday, the statement said, and then used a rideshare company to take her to the airport.
Larson altered the girl’s appearance with a long wig and told her to act as though she was disabled and unable to speak so that she would not speak with anyone while they boarded a plane, police claim.
Later Monday morning, law enforcement was notified the girl was missing.
When detectives learned that Larson and the girl had boarded a plane to Washington, DC, with a layover in Denver, they contacted authorities there and asked them to check the airport for Larson.
A Denver police officer found and arrested Larson and FBI agents rescued the girl, who was uninjured, the sheriff’s office said.
Larson now faces a misdemeanor charge in Denver of harbouring a minor and is facing felony charges in Fresno County, California, for alleged kidnapping, child abduction, soliciting child pornography from a minor and meeting a child for the intention of sex.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s office is requesting he be extradited to California.
It’s also asking any other possible victims of Larson to come forward.
“Due to the sophisticated nature of how Larson groomed this Fresno girl, detectives believe he has victimised other children in the past,” the sheriff’s office said.
Previous criminal charges
This is not the first time Larson has faced serious criminal charges.
In 2009, he served 14 months in federal prison for sending “a detailed email to the US Secret Service threatening to kill the President of the United States,” the Fresno Sheriff’s Office said.
Larson sent the email in December 2008, when George Bush was the outgoing president and Barack Obama was the president-elect.
Years after his prison sentence, Larson ran for the Virginia House of Delegates as an independent in 2017 and lost, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2018, The Washington Post reported on Larson’s support for “abolishing age restrictions for marriage and laws against marital rape,” legalising incest, and his views on White supremacy “as a ‘system that works’” and that “Hitler was a ‘good thing for Germany.’”
CNN’s Jennifer Feldman contributed to this report.