Brian Schwanke is a civil war reenactor and self described Tea Party Patriot who on his Facebook claims that, “this country WAS founded on a CHRISTIAN foundation, and the progressive, atheist left is running us into the ground to create a Socialist country that will fall like all the others.” However amid his fear of godless Marxism and in between firing replica cannons at civil war role players, he seems to have failed to recognize that owning, trading and distributing child pornography over the internet is both a crime and a sin.
The 46-year-old Michigan resident was named today in a federal criminal complaint, after an August search of his home and computers turned up considerable amounts of child porn and communications related to the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Using the email alias “[email protected],” Schwanke engaged in extensive communications with what he though was another child abuser, but who turned out to be an undercover detective working to root out and expose pedophiles on the internet.
During the August raid, Schwanke admitted to federal agents that he sent, received and possessed sexually explicit materials featuring children, and that he had been doing so for a decade.
Throughout his public profiles which include a Linkdin and Facebook account, Schwanke proudly proclaims his allegiance to the Tea Party and his enthusiasm for civil war history, which included he states, “giving talks on the civil war to school groups.”
The naming of Schwanke as a defendant in the ongoing child pornography case, comes just a day after a homophobic Catholic Arch-Bishop from Minnesota, who railed against immorality and liberalism in much the same way as Schwanke, stepped down from his position with the church amid allegations of inappropriate touching of young boys in his congregation and a series of complaints he aided in the cover up of other abusive pedophile priests.