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A man with what investigators call "a deeply disturbing background" arrived in Fresno, California on Wednesday, February 10 ahead of his court date next week where he will face a combination of state and federal charges.
40-year-old Nathan Larson was arrested in the Denver International Airport on December 14, 2020 when he and a 12-year-old girl that he had kidnapped from Fresno were spotted in the airport while awaiting a connecting flight to Washington DC. He has remained in custody in Denver since then awaiting the extradition to California.
He had met the girl online and had been grooming her for months. Larson traveled from his home in Virginia to Fresno and met with the girl, convincing her to leave her residence at 2 am and to take a ride-share that he would arrange and meet him at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport where they would travel back to his home in Virginia.
He instructed the girl to wear a wig and feign the inability to speak while they were traveling to lesson the likelihood of her being recognized or speaking to anyone.
What he hadn't anticipated was that her parents quickly reported her missing.
A matter of days after his arrest, officers executed a search warrant at his home in Virginia.
In 2008 Larson sent a message to Secret Service threatening to kill the president. At the time of the message, George W. Bush was still in office, but Barack Obama had been named a president-elect. He pleaded guilty in 2009 and was sentenced to a 16 month term in federal prison of which he served 14 before being released.
Larson chose to run for a Virginia congressional seat in 2017 on a platform which advocated not only revoking women's rights, but also decriminalizing child sexual abuse and incest. HuffPost* ran an article in 2018 exposing that he was at the time of his candidacy known as a "white supremacist and a well-known advocate for pedophilia," who was also running two websites that openly endorsed pedophilia and child rape.
While those domains were canceled back in 2018, investigators performing a search of his home found that he was once again running a website, this one "encourages the raping of children and sharing of naked photos and videos of children being raped."
Because of his online activity, investigators stated in December that they believed there would be other victims.
Investigators have now stated that they are in contact with potential victims from "at least a dozen states and four other countries." At this time, he does not have an indictment listed on Project Safe Childhood.
After his return to Fresno Larson declined to answer any questions posed to him by the Fresno County Sheriff's detectives and simply asked for an attorney.
"Mr. Larson was not cooperative," Fresno County Sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Pursell was quoted as saying by the Fresno Bee. "This is a strong case [against him]. I'm sure he's well aware. He's probably seen it. And he felt it was in his best interest to not speak with detectives.
"That does not change the fact who he is and what he's done. He is absolutely a predator and one of the worst that we have dealt with in this task force. ... Nathan Larson was exceptionally bad."
The charges against him at this time include kidnapping, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity, online coercion and enticement, sexual exploitation of a minor, and receiving and distributing child pornography. He is facing the potential of a life sentence.
If you or someone you know have ever had inappropriate contact with Larson, you are asked to contact Fresno County sheriff’s Lt. Brandon Pursell at (559) 600-8029 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sgt. Chad Stokes at (559) 600-8144 or email@example.com.