A Tea Party supporter and member of the right-wing anti-government militia group known as the Oath Keepers has been convicted of raping his own daughter in Oklahoma.
Charles Dyer, a former Marine, was convicted by a jury of his peers which recommended that he be sentenced to 30 years in prison. It was the third trial for Dyer, the first resulting in no verdict and the second being declared a mistrial. Radical right-wing groups heavily supported Dyer, accusing the government of being out to get him. Dyer himself has issued conspiracy theory laced diatribes on Youtube and in emails, accusing the judicial branch of pushing him to his limits and threatened to commit violence against court officials and the police.
Dyer had been the Oath Keeper liaison to the Marine Corps and has previously been arrested for stealing a grenade launcher from the US military in 2006.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center,
“Jurors listened to four days of graphic testimony recounting what prosecutors alleged Dyer had done to his daughter, while his defense attorney, Al Hoch, argued that the allegations were the wild fabrications of Dyer’s estranged wife, Valery, who he said had convinced her daughter to carry on a lie to help her terminate custodial rights.”
Cleary, Dyer was one sick man. Just another crazy individual who fit right in with the Tea Party crowd. Let’s hope Dyer and his tin hat get the full 30 years behind bars.