Paul Zunker, Carver County Republican chairman, charged for molesting minor

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Tom Emmer hanging out with Paul Zunker.
Paul Zunker, chair of the Carver County Republican Party, has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for molesting a minor.

Zunker has allegedly been molesting his victim since last August. The victim, who is under 16, would tell him to "knock it off" and "stop," which he would only do briefly before starting again, according to a complaint from the Carver County Attorney's Office. Zunker would allegedly touch the victim's chest against her wishes and when she asked him to stop, Zunker "laughed," according to the complaint.

The Carver County Sheriff's Office and child protection workers learned of the sexual abuse this August and began investigating it. Confronted by a child protection worker, Zunker confessed to molesting her "at least one time per week."

Asked to explain his actions, Zunker allegedly told them that he did it "because it made him feel good."

Zunker faces a maximum 25 years in prison if he's convicted of the charges. He'll be in court September 16.

In light of the allegations, Zunker resigned his post as chair of the Carver County GOP, according to the Chanhassen Villager.


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Maddierifley
Maddierifley

I know the family and the hurt child personaly and bitching about republicans is not the issue here.. its the child who was hurt. Paul is a messed up man who will suffer the concoquences.

BornDemocrat
BornDemocrat

This has NOTHING to do with Tom Emmer or the Carver County GOP.  Please remove mention of Tom from this article.  As a member of the Carver County BPOU that Mr. Zunker was chair, I can assure you that none of us had any clue about this man's problems.  Had anyone known, there is no way he would have ever become our chairman.

Robert Hutchinson
Robert Hutchinson

The only picture of Mr. Zunker you had was one with Tom Emmer? Another news outlet had his Facebook picture.

This is surely a newsworthy event but this publication lowers its own credibility by bringing Emmer into it.

Albatross
Albatross

All across Minnesota, Republicans are sighing with relief, "At least he was groping a GIRL."

Jay
Jay

Kirk, aren't you tired of posting this crap?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

So I was "hanging out with" Al Franken at the fair, Paul Theisen at the capitol, or any other democrat when I had my picture taken with them?.  According to the above article writer Gregory Pratt, I must have been "hanging out with them".  Good thing I and the above mentioned democrats said "no pictures", as we snorted coke of Amy Klobuchar's ass!

Is the slanderous CityPages spin, making you dizzy yet?

Paul Zunker, you sir are a scummy piece of dirt.  I say we cut his junk off.  A firm message to the next scummy piece of dirt.

Unfortunately, the liberals method of punishment will be a small sentence in a Moose Lake.  After which, the same liberal rules will allow this guy to move across the street from YOUR neighborhood elementary school.  Isn't compassionate liberal punishment great?

Zeroisanumber
Zeroisanumber

Copping the most costly cheap feel that I've ever heard of.

Derp derp.
Derp derp.

Again, who the F cares about the damn picture?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

If I was to guess what kind of MMORPG you wrote, I would say it involves a school yard, some flunitrazepam, and a panel van.

Derp derp.
Derp derp.

And yes, I would consider getting your picture taken with someone as "hanging out" with them. It's a pretty general term, Kirk. Hence its inclusion in the caption.

Derp.
Derp.

What would you rather have the caption read? "Tom Emmer standing in an upright position next to Paul Zunker. Both of whom are smiling and looking at the camera."? You picked out maybe the most miniscule, arbitrary detail of this article and decided to scrutinize it so you could somehow feel good about yourself. Yet, you still managed to sound like an idiot. Way to go, Kirk!

As for your second point, I would rather see his life ruined through humiliation and require him to tell all of his neighbors that he's a dirtbag than waste valuable prison space and tax dollars to keep him locked up. He doesn't need a life sentence, he needs a lesson in not being a douche.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I don't think you know what spin means.   How is it spin to factually post something that actually happened?   Lucky for Minnesota the police caught this guy before the Republican Party did.  Now he will pay for his crimes.   If the Republicans had found out he was a pedophile they would have covered it up like they did for Mark Foley and Jim Kolbe.  

Bianca
Bianca

Unnecessary?? I think so.

jww
jww

Nice grammar.  Nice placement of commas.  You're stupid.

bill.e.goat
bill.e.goat

Kirk must keep a good supply of flunitrazepam on hand to know so much about it.

Albatross
Albatross

You know how it is, Jay - whenever a child is groped, a Republican somewhere is a victim.

E K
E K

If it were so artfully covered up how do we all know about it?  Moron.  Personal failings don't have a political affiliation.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Ah, the good old school playground the act of being dismissive.

So, when you and one other person are is an elevator and youfart, do you also accuse that person of farting as a method of deflection?

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Here is the thing....we know you are unemployed or at least barely employed and we are here to intervene because we are concerned about what your resume may look like.

You need to grab one of the tear-damp, crumpled copies off the floor of your Saturn...wipe the drool off your chin, go to Kinkos, ask to use the scanner, have the guy at Kinkos show you where it is, return to the counter, have the Kinko's guy show you how to use the scanner, scan it, realize you have no idea what "scanning" means or what just happened with your resume, bring it home, wait for your nephew (whom you are convinced is "homosexual" ) to visit, give him the resume and ask him to "scan it or whatever", have him email it to you, realize you aren't sure how you do anything with it from your email, forward it back to him and ask him to put it on Facebook for you, get the link, then post the link to your resume here so we can critique it.

It would be best.

jww
jww

Picking on your grammar is relevant and I'll tell you why.  You are so smug and think you're so smart when, in reality, you are a total idiot.  How can you be so proud of comments that are intellectually dishonest and grammatically impaired? 

jww
jww

What are you talking about?  Are you saying that I'm an elevator?  Stick with copy and paste.

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