God doesn’t like ugly. Apparently, it doesn’t matter if you’re a pastor, a pastor’s son, or a church member.
According to Business Insider, James “Jim” Varnell Cusick, 72, and his son Casey Cusick, 35, who both serve as pastors at Global Outreach Church of Melbourne in Melbourne, Florida, and a member of the church were arrested on Thursday for their involvement in the insurrection.
This past January, the FBI received a tip that James was inside the Capitol rotunda as the attack took place. A couple of months later, they received a second tip from someone else saying that the pastor was attending with his son Casey. The two had traveled to Washington, D.C. from Florida to join other Trump supporters to invade the Capitol.
On top of that, the anonymous tipster identified another person in the father-son duo, David Lesperance. Authorities were able to identify the men in pictures and videos from the attack, charging documents reported.
Lesperance, 69, was called in to speak with authorities. He admitted that his pastor was at the Trump rally, and “they” had gone inside. However, he refused to give up any other names.
He also admitted to taking videos and pictures while inside the Capitol but said he deleted everything out of fear of repercussions.
Authorities tied the men’s cell phone locations to the Capitol and compared photos of both the pastor and his son’s found on Lespearance’s iCloud account. In the photos, they were wearing the same clothes they were wearing in the footage from the Capitol photos.
James and Casey were taken into custody on Thursday. They face charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly or disruptive conduct in a restricted building, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, the Insider added.
Lesperance faces the same.