Twenty-one-year-old Adam Savader, the main operations intern for vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan on the Mitt Romney campaign last year, was charged last week with cyberstalking and extorting fifteen women by the U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Michigan. After his much-discussed arrest on Tuesday, the charges against Savader were unsealed on Wednesday afternoon, and they are disturbing reflections of a young man with access to power, turned very pushy—and very sexually aggressive. Indeed, a copy of the criminal complaint against Savader (pictured with Ryan above) alleges that during the fall of 2012, he used a virtual toolbox of Google Voice numbers, fake Facebook profiles, and burner email accounts to threaten 15 women, including several of his college classmates, with distributing nude photos of them to their parents and friends. (Savader supposedly obtained the photos by hacking into some of the victims' email accounts at AOL and Gmail.) The charges carry a maximum punishment of five years in prison.
Before being charged today, Savader was making a name for himself in the Republican Party, taking jobs on the campaigns of Mitt Romney and, before him, Newt Gingrich. On his well-followed Twitter profile, Savader describes himself as a "Reagan Republican" and an "American Patriot." His public Facebook profile features hundreds of photos of conservative politicians and personalities — including Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Tucker Carlson, Ann Coulter, Steven Crowder, and Andrew Breitbart — smiling next to Savader. "Savader is/was one of those young D.C. go-getters — there are legion — who made sure to get photographed with as many famous people as possible," suggested Slate columnist David Weigel, who met Savader on the campaign trail in 2012.