Liberal Pipeline Protesters Defend Leader Convicted of Violent Rape, Sex With Minors

But he’s got great ideas about the environment!

As if environmentalist leaving tons of trash behind at protest sites isn’t bad enough, now add defending each other even if their pasts include violent rape and sex with minors.

Pedro Rabago Gutierrez is somewhat of a chameleon. He started spending time in prisons in 1984 when he was charged with forcible rape and drug possession with the intent to sell, as The Washington Free Beacon noted. By 1990, he was in and out of jail after multiple parole violations. Eight years later, he was convicted for having sex with a minor. Gutierrez was paroled in 2002 but wasn’t properly tracked by California authorities. 

That allowed Gutierrez to get to Texas and as recently as 2016, he joined environmentalists there in protesting a proposed natural gas pipeline heading to Mexico. He also had a new identity, Pete Hefflin. He quickly gained the trust of the other activists and became their leader and head of security. “Hefflin” claimed to be a part of the Mescalero Apache tribe and was a board member of the Society of Native Nations.

However, Gutierrez’s past came back to haunt him when an outstanding warrant from 2007 caught up with him. He was waiting for his wife to be released from a Texas jail where his fake ID tipped off a local sheriff who made the connection. Now he awaits extradition to California where he is a registered sex offender and considered a “moderate-high threat.” It was noted by the Washington Examiner that Gutierrez unfortunately had plenty of access to children at the protest site.

But none of this seemed to bother his fellow activists who, after learning of Gutierrez’s deceit and his criminal past, defended the man they knew as Pete Hefflin.

Lise Lyseggen is one of those activists who said, “Let his past be” so he can “continue his good work for people.”

Lori Glover and her husband Mark own the land where the protests were held and said it’s been a privilege to work with Gutierrez despite his past:

"He served his time, made a new start. I was unaware of any of this past history. Despite that, I feel very privileged to have worked with Pete Hefflin."

"I’ve known Pete Hefflin for six months and I’ve found him to be a very honorable man and I will stand by him any day. American Indians have an incredibly high incarceration rate, and if he's served prison time, I wouldn't doubt it. But we believe in redemption and we believe in Pete Hefflin."

Still, others said law enforcers were “targeting leadership” and “trying to find anything and everything they can dig up from the past.”

Apparently, sex with children isn’t all that bad as long as you have a solid environmental platform.

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