QAnon promoter David Trent has spent the last four years telling his tens of thousands of followers that the Democrats are pedophiles working as part of a global child sex trafficking ring run by the world’s elite.
What he didn’t tell them was that he was the real pedophile: In 1999, he was found guilty of coercing an 8-year-old boy into sexual acts three years earlier, and spent almost five years in prison.
Trent’s followers remained oblivious, because he was convicted under his real name, David Todeschini.
The link between Todeschini, 70, and his alias was first uncovered by an investigation by extremist tracking website Right Wing Watch, a project of People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
Todeschini confirmed that he used the alias David Trent in a phone interview with VICE News on Thursday morning.
Todeschini said that he was planning on suing Right Wing Watch for publishing the investigation, but when asked what was inaccurate about the account, he failed to respond.
Todescini instead made outrageous claims about his conviction, claiming it was a “deep state” plot to take him down. He compared himself to disgraced former national security adviser Michael Flynn, now a prominent figure in the QAnon universe, claiming that like the former general he too admitted to a crime he didn’t commit.
“I am an enemy of the deep state. And I did what General Flynn did,” Todescini said. “He pled guilty to a crime that he didn’t commit.”
Todescini was convicted in 1999 and is listed on New York’s sex offender registry where he is designated as a “sexually violent offender” meaning he is at “high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists.”