A key witness in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has been indicted on child pornography and sex trafficking charges, according to a three-count indictment unsealed on Friday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
George Nader, 60, is “a wealthy Lebanese-American businessman and Middle East expert,” Politico reported, adding that Nader was indicted “on charges of importing child pornography and traveling with a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.”
The Hill reported that Nader was a key witness in Mueller’s investigation and sat “for multiple interviews, including one that was conducted under a ‘proffer agreement’ — a potential signal that he believed he could be charged with crimes and spoke to prosecutors on the condition his statements wouldn’t be used against him.”
Nader was arrested in January 2018 when he arrived in the U.S. from Dubai. When federal law enforcement officials searched three iPhones that they obtained with a search warrant, they allegedly found child porn.
Politico added that “prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against Nader over the images in April 2018 but kept the charges under seal and never told his attorneys about them even as he continued to cooperate with Mueller’s probe,” lawyers said.
Nader served six months in prison in 1991 when he was convicted on a child pornography charge in Virginia.
CNBC reported that “Nader faced a similar charge in Washington, D.C., in 1985, but that case was dismissed as a result of an invalid search warrant.”
In March 2018, the Associated Press reported that “Nader was convicted by Prague’s Municipal Court of 10 cases of sexually abusing minors and sentenced to a one-year prison term in May 2003.”
Court spokeswoman Marketa Puci told the Associated Press that the crimes reportedly happened between 1999 and 2002 and that he was convicted of “moral corruption of minors, sexual abuse and impairing morals.”