He was accused of sexually exploiting his stepdaughter in a new federal complaint and was previously indicted in an alleged conspiracy to commit violence at BLM protests.
Phillip Merrill, longtime friend of suspected boogaloo member Stephen Parshall, pleaded guilty in District Court Thursday to sexually assaulting the right-wing extremist’s stepdaughter.
The allegations surfaced in a graphic police report justifying the sexual assault arrest of one of Stephen Parshall’s friends, Phillip Merrill, a volleyball coach.
The informant, identified by the pseudonym “John Smith,” testified before a county grand jury in June detailing his undercover encounters with the extremist group.
Suspected members of the boogaloo movement pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges in an alleged conspiracy to cause violence during Black Lives Matter protests.
In a rare move, the alleged Las Vegas extremists were charged by two separate grand juries with conspiracy to cause violence at Black Lives Matter protests.
The three defendants arrested in Las Vegas wanted to loosely follow the principles of the notorious Irish Republican Army, a paramilitary organization, a veteran prosecutor said.
Following initial hearings, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe concluded that Stephen Parshall and William Loomis were dangers to the Las Vegas community. The two are suspects in what authorities say was a plot to cause violence at Black Lives Matter protests.
The hearing came as an arrest report obtained by the Review-Journal shows the men also had plans to “destroy” federal buildings, including a Lake Mead Recreational Area fee station.
One national organization tracking far-right extremism, found Boogaloo members at more than 20 protests in Las Vegas and across the country. Proud Boys were in Nevada, too.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday that three men and alleged members of the “boogaloo” movement have been charged with “conspiracy to cause destruction” during Las Vegas police brutality protests.