Ronald Williams II, a researcher for President Trump’s controversial voter fraud commission has been arrested on 11 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography.
The arrest went down last week after Maryland State Police had received a tip about possible child porn distribution from a particular internet address.
Officers searched his home in Suitland, Md., and found child porn files on his phone, police said.
A senior Trump administration official told The Washington Post that Williams worked as a researcher for Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. He was working on secondment from the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
Williams was terminated from the panel around the time of his arrest, the official said. It’s unclear how long he worked for the voter commission.
He now faces six counts of possession of child pornography and five counts of distribution.
Trump formed the voter panel based on his false assertion that millions of illegal voters prevented him from beating Hillary Clinton for the popular vote. It is led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — who has been accused of voter suppression in his state in multiple lawsuits — and co-chaired by Vice President Pence.
The panel has turned up no evidence of widespread voter fraud in its first months of work.
It has, however, already racked up several legal challenges from civil rights groups, which have accused the panel of violating federal open government laws by running many major operations in secret.