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Paul Ryan Intern Adam Savader Arrested

Posted on | April 23, 2013 | 77 Comments

Adam Savader, a former intern for Paul Ryan, was arrested by the FBI and charged in a weird sexual extortion scheme:

A 21-year-old Great Neck, New York man was charged in a criminal complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan with Internet extortion and cyber stalking, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade. . . .
According to the affidavit, from May 2012 through February 2013, Adam Paul Savader sent anonymous text messages using Google Voice numbers to 15 women stating that he had nude photographs of the women and threatening to distribute the nude photographs to the women’s friends and family members unless the women sent him more nude photographs of themselves. Savader sent some of the victims links to a photo-sharing website where nude pictures of the victims had been posted.
The case was brought to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by detectives from the Ann Arbor Police Department, who received a complaint from a victim stating that she had received threatening messages from a person who had illegally obtained nude photographs of her from her e-mail account. Detectives with the Ann Arbor P.D. partnered with FBI agents to investigate the case and together identified 15 victims in Detroit; Washington, D.C.; and Long Island, New York.
If convicted on these charges, Savader faces a maximum penalty of five years’ imprisonment.

Via Adam Steinbaugh who explain the details:

[A] recently-unsealed complaint in the Eastern District of Michigan . . . alleges, essentially, that a New York man — Adam Paul Savader — used a variety of Google Voice numbers to text women under the monicker “John Smith.”  ”Smith” told the women that he had nude photos of them (or, in one victim’s case, her mother) and that he would post more online if they did not send more nude photos.  He allegedly threatened to send the photos to their family members, sorority sisters, and the Republican National Committee, telling one that everyone in “D.C” would see the nude photos.  The unidentified victims apparently attended the same college as Savader.
On Twitter, Adam Savader brags that he was “Formerly @PRyan’s sole intern on @MittRomney’s campaign and a @newtgingrich campaign staffer” and notes that his website is  The whois registration for the site lists his abode as being the same Great Neck, NY address as the address affiliated with the IP address used to register many of the online accounts allegedly used in the sextortion plot.

Savader’s Twitter account has not yet been deleted.

UPDATE: Reading the complaint — and trust me, it’s a must-read — I’m wondering: Do all college girls now have naked photos online?

Hey, I could have a great future as a Republican intern . . .

UPDATE II: Welcome, Twitchy readers! It turns out, because I know everybody, I’m just one degree of separation from Adam Savader:

There is a lesson here about the perils of the digital age: Anything you put on the Web — even uploaded to private accounts — can be accessed, if someone with enough skills really wants to get to it bad enough. And naked pictures? Yeah, don’t do those. Ever. Because that boyfriend you’re sending them to may not be your boyfriend forever.



  • FoxIsForRetards

    truth hurts?

  • Finrod Felagund

    You wouldn’t know truth if it was punching you in the face. Begone, troll.

  • FoxIsForRetards

    troll says WHAT?

  • FoxIsForRetards

    all repiglikkklans are!

  • Finrod Felagund

    Begone, lameass troll.

  • Finrod Felagund

    This isn’t Talking Points Memo, fucko. Get your smelly hippie ass off our civilized site.

  • Anonymoussimonsrocker

    I knew him from college, he used to text or Facebook me a lot even though I ignored him. Always wanted pictures. I just thought he was another horney virgin.

  • jsn2

    He looks like Menendez, acts like Clinton, is stupid like Weiner.

  • Jason Rahall

    Repression leads to strange behavior. Were the nude photos more expected to be more enjoyable to him because of the emotional harm inflicted? Otherwise, plenty of free porn on Internet.

  • Matthew W

    Did this idiot not know that he could just google “naked chicks” and get all the free naked chick photos he could want?

  • RayPrice

    He is part of a tribe that wallows in that sort of stuff.

  • RayPrice

    His judge goes to his synagogue – oy vey!

  • RayPrice

    Maybe Jewt Gingrichstein

  • Bob Belvedere

    Yeah…but he always got the babe.

  • 1bulwetweft

    Ban hammer please. We expect a higher class of troll around here.

    Ace would never put up with this shit…

  • FoxIsForRetards

    He’s a future david vitter in the making!

  • glorrierose

    Hard to tell, but I’ll assume you are being facetious with that statement.

    Regardless, it’s not about looking at “naked chicks.” It’s about exerting power over them by making them do something they don’t want to do.

  • glorrierose

    Umm…you realize, don’t you, that rape is not about sex, but about power? And that the point of this was not to look at “naked chicks,” which obviously he could do any time he wanted, but rather to engage in a virtual rape by forcing these women to do something they did not want to do? Do you get it now?

  • glorrierose

    See above:

    Miranda Kahn WarEagle82 • 21 hours ago

    they werent uploaded to the internet. they were taken on a phone, sent to a self-email address, and then adam hacked into the email. they were sent to NO ONE. get your facts straight.”

  • glorrierose

    If you don’t understand why a political intern committing multiple sex crimes is news, you are pretty pathetic.

  • FoxIsForRetards

    So you approve of creepy repiglikklkan stalkers?

  • Finrod Felagund

    So you approve of Teddy Kennedy leaving Mary Jo Kopechne to suffocate in his car? Two can play this game, troll.

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  • FoxIsForRetards

    so you’re admitting you’re a TROLL!

  • Finrod Felagund

    Wombat, can you please purge this reads-at-a-first-grade-level reject troll from TPM? He’s left way too many turds on the carpet already.