San Diego Tea Party Leader Arrested On Kidnapping, Rape Charges

According to San Diego Police, Michael John Kobulnicky, 50, who has been a leader in the San Diego Tea Party, has been arrested Thursday (3/15) after allegedly kidnapping and then raping a woman on Fiesta Island on February 25th. Kobulnicky is also the former regional director of the Southern California Conservative Party.

Kobulnicky was positively identified after a surveillance picture was released to the public.

The Tea Party leader allegedly, “dragged her out of the car and sexually assaulted her pretty brutally,” said San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown. Kobulnicky supposedly offered to give the woman, walking along Linda Vista Road, a ride to her home, however he instead allegedly drove her to Fiesta Island and then raped the 56-year-old, according to San Diego police.

On Kobulnicky’s website , the father of five and man of supposed “Christian values” lists that he has held a number of teaching positions, and is “currently the Co-Organizer and Public Relations Representative for the San Diego Tea Party.” Kobulnicky has scheduled a “Patriot Voices Summit” for July 2012 (a specific day TBA).

Michael Kobulnicky remains in the San Diego County jail and is set to be arraigned next week. He was arrested at his home in Lemon Grove, CA. He has been booked on a number of  felony charges, including kidnapping, sexual assault and sex with a foreign object.

The San Diego Tea Party said that Kabulnicky has been on hiatus since January, and has been relieved of his Tea Party duties during his legal proceedings. They said, “Our hearts and thoughts go out to the victim.”