SAN FRANCISCO — A Bay Area man who was charged with engaging in sexual chats with teens for years while authorities were investigating him for his involvement with a violent anti-government militia has tentatively agreed to a plea deal, court records show.
Robert Jesus Blancas, 34, will plead guilty to federal offenses as part of a “global resolution” in both criminal cases against him, attorneys wrote in court records last week. His change of plea hearing has been set for July 26. The details have not been made public, but Blancas faces a 10-year minimum and maximum of life if he pleads to the child enticement charge.
“The government and Blancas have reached a proposed resolution in both cases. The resolution contemplates a single plea agreement addressing both matters,” says the statement, signed by prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Blancas, a Castro Valley resident, was part of the Boogaloo-linked militia known as the Grizzly Scouts, whose members included Steven Carrillo, the U.S. Air Force sergeant accused of assassinating two law enforcement officials last year in separate shootings one week apart. Carrillo faces federal charges of murdering Federal Protective Services contract Ofc. Pat Underwood at a federal building in Oakland and state charges of murdering Santa Cruz Sheriff Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller in an ambush at Carrillo’s Ben Lomond home.
In the aftermath of Carrillo’s arrest, federal authorities from coast to coast have targeted his associates in the Boogaloo movement, including a West Virginia man accused of selling him an illegal machine gun modifier and a Texas resident accused of shooting up a Minneapolis police precinct around the same time as Underwood’s killing. Blancas was arrested as part of that widespread investigation.
Prosecutors have alleged that Blancas conspired with other Grizzly Scouts members, including the group’s founder, Turlock resident Jessie Alexander Rush, 29, as well as Los Gatos resident Simon Sage Ybarra, 23, and San Lorenzo resident Kenny Matthew Miksch, 21, to destroy records that were relevant to the Carrillo investigation. After seizing computers and cellphones belonging to Blancas, the FBI reportedly discovered he’d been chatting online with a 15-year-old girl.
Of the group, Blancas is the first to tentatively accept a plea deal. He’s also the only one who remains in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Federal magistrates have released Rush, Ybarra, and Miksch on unsecured bonds, according to court records.
Blancas, who went by “Orgotloth” and “MuskOx,” reportedly chatted with people who identified themselves as girls aged 13, 15, and 16, and sent a picture of “male genitalia” to a person who identified themselves as being 16 years old. The chats went as far back as 2015, prosecutors alleged in the December 2020 criminal complaint.
In August 2020, authorities served search warrants at “locations associated with Blancas” and found “two assault rifles and a pistol, body armor and other tactical equipment, materials concerning the Grizzly Scouts,” an FBI special agent wrote in court records.
Agents also allegedly found evidence that the Grizzly Scouts spoke of an impending “war” against …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment