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19-year-old Gisela Medina, charged alongside Anton Lazzaro, pleads not guilty

She's accused of helping the GOP operative traffic underage girls.
Gisela Medina.

Gisela Medina.

The 19-year-old accused of helping GOP strategist Anton Lazzaro traffic underage girls has pleaded not guilty.

Gisela Medina entered the not guilty plea in a brief appearance in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, according to online court records. She was released on a personal recognizance bond. 

An order setting the conditions of her release requires she remain in Minnesota, have no contact with Lazzaro, submit to a mental health examination and remain at a halfway house once a bed is available. The order also prohibits any alcohol or drug use, and requires her to be monitored by GPS.

Medina was indicted on Aug. 16 on seven counts related to child sex trafficking, and is charged alongside Lazzaro as a co-defendant. Federal prosecutors say she helped connect the prominent Republican operative to underage girls.

Related [Aug. 24]: Lazzaro seeks release ahead of trial, promises 'Truman Show' existence in luxury condo

Lazzaro, who has also pleaded not guilty and denied the accusations, is charged with 10 counts, including six counts of child sex trafficking.

A civil lawsuit filed on behalf of one of the victims, identified only as Jane Doe, describes Lazzaro as the "ringleader" of a sex trafficking operation, and Medina as a facilitator. Medina is not currently named as a defendant in that suit.

Medina had been named chair of the Minnesota College Republicans' University of St. Thomas chapter shortly before her arrest. The group quickly cut ties with Medina following the indictment, saying it was "absolutely disgusted" by the allegations.

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