Paul Zunker, Republican Party operative, had "significant relationship" with child in molestation charges

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Paul Zunker, before his downfall.
More information has emerged in the case of Paul Zunker, the Carver County Republican chairman facing criminal charges for molesting a minor.

Zunker is specifically charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree where the defendant has a "significant relationship" to the victim, in this case a minor under 16.

According to the Carver County Attorney's Office,  the term "significant relationship" means the victim in the case is either a blood relative or a minor living in the same house, which adds another disturbing element to an already disturbing case. On Twitter, Zunker identifies himself as a "Christian, husband, Dad."

The complaint, as we noted yesterday, details disgusting child abuse: Zunker fondled his victim's chest and laughed when she asked him to stop.

When sheriff's deputies and child protective services officials asked Zunker why he did it, he said it was because "it made him feel good." He confessed to regularly molesting the minonr for about a year, according to the complaint.

Zunker also confessed to investigators that he would rub the victim's legs and "move his hand up her leg," but explained that he "only touched the top of her vaginal area, over her clothing, and never between her legs."

Zunker has not been taken into police custody. The criminal complaint orders him to appear before the court on September 16 to answer the county's allegations. Zunker's telephone line is dead and his cell phone was off when City Pages called him. Zunker also did not respond to requests for comment via email.

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Will Waylon
Will Waylon

Nice. Equate Emmer and GOP with Zunker's crime. I'm sure you'll include a photo of the next arrested Democrat operative with Mark Dayton. Fail.

green23
green23

Isn't there some way to blame this on President Obama?

Hmmm...what would the wingnut spin be? Ah, yes! This poor man is being persecuted because he is a Christian! The evil government is even telling this poor man which churches he can attend! FEMA camps! End of Days! Sharia law!  Glenn Beck!!!eleventyone!!!

BornDemocrat
BornDemocrat

This has nothing to do with Tom Emmer or the Republican Party.  Period.  Please remove Tom from this article.  I'd be suing this paper if I were Tom Emmer.  There is no way anyone of us could have known about this man's personal problems.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Let's not forget the real victims here, Republicans.    Why doesn't City Pages run articles about how Barack Obama is a child molester?    Haven't you ever heard of fair and balanced assholes? 

Cidbeme
Cidbeme

WTF the real victim here is that little girl the repblican party can live on what about her innocence!

E K
E K

We're all victims when you post your idiotic go-team drivel.

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

I guess I don't like child molesters very much.  It's a character flaw that will keep me from reaching the heights of the Republican Party and the Catholic Church.    Both of those organizations have well documented histories of being pro-child molester.  

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