Tyler Martin, a 21-year-old man from Richmond, was among four friends arrested today by the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office as part of an operation to nab pedophiles seeking underage victims.[read_more]According to a source connected to the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus, Martin had been the Democratic Party’s tracker for Republican Senators during this year’s legislative session, assigned to follow and video record them at every opportunity.
The Democrat staffer, according to NBC12, traveled to Spotsylvania with three friends in the hopes of consummating a liaison with an underage girl who, as it turns out, happened to be a Spotsylvania detective. [UPDATE: A former prosecutor with knowledge of the matter has contacted TBE to let us know that the “girl” in question was thought by Mr. Martin and his cohorts to be all of 12 years of age.]
We wonder if, given the recent history of another Virginia Democrat, young Mr. Martin may be being groomed for a Democrat seat in the General Assembly.
The Democratic Party of Virginia could not be reached for comment.
UPDATE: First, for those who couldn’t tell that the last couple of sentences in the post above were offered tongue-in-cheek, we’re sorry. Not because of what we wrote, but for your lack of a sense of humor.
Second, we’ve been contacted by DPVA spokesman Morgan Finkelstein, who confirmed that Martin worked for the Senate Democratic Caucus, but let us know that Mr. Martin was never in the employ of the Democratic Party, and served in a volunteer capacity only. (We have to say, Ms. Finkelstein was truly gracious and charming. An asset for the Dems).
Third, the Senate Democratic Caucus is circulating the following statement. Since our original reporting erroneously implied an employment relationship with Mr. Martin, it’s only fair that we reprint their statement in full:
“He served as an unpaid legislative session volunteer for the Senate Democratic Caucus for several weeks monitoring public General Assembly committee meetings and assisting with administrative duties. We have had no contact with him since his arrest, but remain shocked and disappointed at the circumstances.”