A former Los Angeles County Republican Party official was arrested Friday on suspicion of engaging in sexually explicit chats with a teenager on a social media website, authorities said.
Scott Hounsell, former executive director of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, was arrested and booked on a misdemeanor charge of sending harmful matter to a child.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Division conducted the investigation with the assistance of the LAPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Police said a 16-year-old girl said she had engaged in the Internet conversations with Hounsell.
Hounsell’s bail was set at $40,000, and he was released Friday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s website.
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