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University of St. Thomas College Republicans chair Gisela Medina arrested in child sex conspiracy probe

She was arrested in Florida in connection to the case that saw Anton Lazzaro indicted on Thursday.
Anton Lazzaro and Gisela Medina.

Anton Lazzaro and Gisela Medina.

Authorities have arrested a 19-year-old woman who is the chair of the University of St. Thomas College Republicans in connection with the child sex conspiracy case that on Thursday saw the indictment of GOP operative Anton Lazzaro.

The Okaloosa County Jail in Florida currently lists Gisela Medina, of St. Paul, as being held in custody as an "out of state fugitive from justice." She was transferred out of the sheriff's office's custody on Friday.

The Daily Beast reports that she is the second person named in the indictment against Lazzaro – whose charging document mentions a co-conspirator whose name was redacted.

The Minnesota College Republicans issued a statement confirming Medina's arrest, and confirmed it would be severing all ties with her.

"It was just brought to my attention that on Thursday, Aug. 12, University of St. Thomas Chair Gisela Castro Medina was arrested alongside Anton Lazzaro for obstruction of justice, sex trafficking, and conspiracy to commit the sex trafficking of underage victims," said a statement from MCR chair Nia Moore.

"We as an organization are absolutely disgusted by the actions of Ms. Medina, and have cut all ties with her effective immediately.

"While Ms. Medina had recently assumed the role of Chair at the University of St. Thomas' chapter, she was not an active member nor had she been working in an official capacity on behalf of Minnesota College Republicans."

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While details of how Lazzaro, 30, and Medina know each other have not been revealed, a picture posted on Medina's Instagram page does show them both with different partners as part of a larger group.

She also lists MN Property Management as a company she works for on Facebook. Lazzaro is listed as the registered agent for a company of the same name, according to Minnesota company records.

Bring Me The News took a screenshot of the picture from her account, which has subsequently been wiped of all pictures.

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Lazzaro's indictment has sparked huge controversy within the Minnesota GOP, with the political operative a close friend and donor of Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, who is now facing calls to resign.

He's alleged to have recruited and paid five underage individuals for sex over the course of 2020, and attempted to recruit a sixth.

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