Earlier this week, Big Government broke an exclusive that Corporal Jesse Thorsen, 28–the soldier who supported presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) while in uniform during the Iowa caucuses–was being probed by his Army Reserve unit for violation of Department of Defense Regulations.
Late last week, the Associated Press reported that Thorsen may also have an arrest record from Florida, and that his service record may not be as he originally portrayed it when he was originally interviewed by CNN at the caucus:
According to the military, Thorsen had deployed once to Afghanistan in 2009 after first joining the Florida National Guard in July 2001 and the Army Reserve in 2009. The military said he is with an engineer company out of Des Moines, and his unit falls under the 416th Theater Engineer Command out of Darien, Ill.
Court records show that Thorsen was arrested in Lee County, Fla., in December 2004 for three felonies: burglary, theft of a firearm and possession of burglary tools. Details were not available late Thursday.
He pleaded guilty to all three charges the following July but adjudication was withheld, meaning he would have no record. He was sentenced to probation and ordered to pay $660.50 He made regular payments through April 2006 totaling $630.50 but then stopped, the records show. In May 2006, he was ruled in violation of his probation and was arrested three weeks later in Tampa, spending three days in jail. In August 2006, he appeared before a judge in Lee County, who reinstated his probation. His probation ended in March 2007.
Thorsen originally seemed to confirm a statement by a CNN reporter during a live interview that he was an active soldier who had served two tours abroad in Afghanistan and that he was gearing up for a third.
Since then, Big Government has learned that Thorsen is not active duty, but actually in the Army Reserve, and that he has only served one tour abroad, not two. Despite his claim that he is on his way to serving another tour, Pentagon sources say that no orders have actually come through for Thorsen and that he’s currently being probed within his own unit.
The real questions about Thorsen that may provide answers have not yet been asked; what is Thorsen’s real agenda and what is his actual political philosophy? Does his ‘9-11-2001–Remember,’ tattoo mean that he is just a patriot–or possibly a 9/11 Truther? The answers to these questions will tell us more about Thorsen’s true agenda than his service record–or his arrest record.