Steven Munoz: Former Santorum, Romney Staffer Accused of Groping Fellow Citadel Cadets

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“…Then, the suspect put his left hand on the inner portion of the victim’s right thigh, a few inches below the groin area, the report states. The victim responded by pushing the suspect’s hand away, to which the suspect replied, ‘it was okay for guys to touch each other.’

“The report states the suspect then grabbed the victim’s genitals and the victim again showed his disapproval, and the suspect said it was normal and okay for guys to touch each other and that ‘everyone did it.’

“The suspect then alluded to watching pornography and masturbating with a group of guys, according to the report. The suspect also reportedly told the victim ‘it was more okay for guys to be with guys sexually before marriage than to be with girls and that God would be less angry at the two guys messing around than a guy and a girl.’ …”

— “New allegations of sexual misconduct surface at The Citadel
Cameron Easley, WCSC, September 18, 2012

It turns out that Santorum has a deep connection to the Citadel. A young but important aide named Steven Munoz, who did yeoman’s work in Iowa, is a recent graduate. One of the candidate’s key endorsers in the state, Gresham Barrett, a former congressman, is an alumnus. It is mostly because of Munoz, my young cadet friend told me, that the cadets have been manning Santorum phone banks like dervishes, logging thousands of calls. One young man who’d made 3,000 calls was given an award. “It’s the Mafia!” exclaimed the Northern Catholic in his speech. “The Citadel Mafia!”

— Michael Tomasky
At a Citadel Banquet Honoring Santorum, Politics as Usual Goes AWOL
Daily Beast, January 21, 2012

That suspect, reports Buzzfeed

…is a former Rick Santorum campaign aide who also did advance work for the Romney campaign, according to an internal Citadel email obtained by BuzzFeed.

A 23-year-old Citadel graduate, who according to the email obtained by BuzzFeed is Steven Munoz, is accused of mistreating two younger cadets during his time at the Citadel. Two cadets filed police reports last week against Munoz, who graduated last year, according to local news reports — which did not name Munoz or mention his campaign tie — and the internal email. …

According to an email sent from Jeffrey Perez on Monday, September 17, Vice President of External Affairs at the Citadel, to other Citadel officials (and addressed to the military academy’s Board of Visitors), the suspect in the case is Munoz. …

In the email, Perez writes, “We anticipate a story in tomorrow’s paper and have reason to believe that Sen. Santorum will be a focus.” …

Munoz did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did spokespeople for the Citadel or Sen. Santorum. A Romney campaign spokeswoman declined to comment.

Munoz ran Santorum’s presidential campaign’s advance team, and is listed as receiving payment from the Romney campaign for Event Consulting on two occasions, one in June and one in July, in FEC filings. A Romney campaign official told BuzzFeed that Munoz “was never an employee of the campaign” but simply “did a few ad hoc projects for us on a per diem basis.”

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Steven Munoz's LinkedIn profile
“Steven Munoz – Christian, Citadel Graduate, President at American Southern Group LLC … Past: Director of Advance Operations at Rick Santorum for President; Political Director at Rick Santorum for President; President of The Class of 2011 at South Carolina Corps of Cadets; Statewide Coordinator at Gresham Barrett for Governor; National Director at Students for Mitt … Always seeking to pay it forward. Christ centered businessman seeking to glorify God. … Catholic Professionals … Republican Professionals .. Romney For President Alumnus …” — Steven Munoz’s LinkedIn profile. If the link stops working, you can see our screencap of the entire page.

More reading:

• “2 Citadel cadets claim sexually inappropriate conduct by recent graduate,” Glenn Smith, Post and Courier, September 18, 2012

Steven Munoz on YouTube• “Former Santorum, Romney Staffer Accused of Same-Sex Sexual Misconduct at Citadel,” Sunnivie Brydum, The Advocate, September 19, 2012

• “Steven Munoz, Campaign Worker To Santorum, Romney, Accused Of Sexual Misconduct At The Citadel,” Huffington Post, September 19, 2012

Steven Munoz on Twitter (cached; link may not work for long)

More fine, upstanding products of The Citadel:

Jack Tarpley Camp, Jr.

Louis “Skip” ReVille

Robin Vanderwall

Thad Viers

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