QAnon Influencer Invited Convicted Child Molester On Conspiracy Theory Show Multiple Times

A QAnon influencer invited a convicted child molester onto his conspiracy theory show on multiple occasions, Newsweek has found.

Conspiracy theorist Mike Penny hosted convicted pedophile David Todeschini, 71, on his 28,800-subscriber YouTube show at least five times between December 1 and January 18.

QAnon promoter Todeschini abused an 8-year-old boy in 1996 and was convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree and sodomy in the second degree in 1999.

He spent some years in prison for the crime and is listed by New York state as a "sexually violent offender" as well as being a Level 3 threat, meaning he represents a "high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety."

Todeschini, who built up a following in the QAnon online community under the alias David Trent, was exposed by Right Wing Watch as being a convicted child molester in October last year.

Despite his criminal history having come to light, Todeschini continues to have some 22,520 followers on the video streaming platform Bitchute.

Following Todeschini's multiple appearances on Penny's show, members of the Dallas QAnon faction distanced themselves from the host and called on him to explain himself.

Penny was closely associated with the Dallas QAnon group and was one of the hundreds of people who arrived in Dealey Plaza in November in hopes of seeing JFK Jr. alive, despite him having died in a plane crash decades earlier.

Justin Carpenter, an associate of Dallas QAnon faction leader Michael Protzman, known as Negative 48, announced he would not appear on Penny's show in the future.

In a January 22 Telegram post, Carpenter said: "I do not want to be associated with Mike Penny or his shows anymore."

He later added: "There have been too many instances of misinformation to ignore any longer. There have been other extremely poor choices that I do not support in the guests allowed on the shows."

Carpenter later clarified in a Telegram livestream on Saturday his issue with Penny was largely due to Todeschini's appearance on his show.

In a January 22 Telegram livestream session, Penny attempted to explain Todeschini's appearances on his show to members of the Dallas QAnon group, including Protzman.

Penny said: "I allowed my judgment to be clouded by the want to help as many people as possible and what I thought was, you know, that part of the truth including Dave, unfortunately, and I was wrong. And those things can be easily corrected."

He then claimed to be unaware of Todeschini's court documents, which detail his abuse of his victim.

Although seconds later Penny admitted to having watched a video on Bitchute that outlined the content of the documents before he added: "I didn't take it any further than that."

In the same livestream Todeschini, who was convicted of sexually molesting a child, said he never carried out the crime, that his signature on documents admitting to the assault was "forged" and that the charges against him were "bulls***."

Todeschini then railed against those who questioned his criminal past and could not provide proof that he claimed would prove his innocence when he was asked to do so.

After being exposed last year, Todeschini told Vice News: "I am an enemy of the deep state. And I did what General Flynn did," Todeschini said.

"He pled guilty to a crime that he didn't commit."

Newsweek has contacted Mike Penny for comment.

QAnon followers share the unfounded belief that there is an elite cabal of satanic cannibalistic pedophiles who operate a globe-spanning child sex trafficking ring.

They believe that Donald Trump will somehow reveal the members of this elite pedophile group whose members, they falsely claim, are made up of Democrats, businessmen and Hollywood actors.

According to the QAnon mythos, these people will then be arrested in an event they call "Red October" and later executed.

QAnon member and David Todeschini
Split image of QAnon follower and convicted child molester David Todeschini. Todeschini appeared on Mike Penny's YouTube show at least five times in the past two months. Getty/ New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services