Last Updated on February 17, 2022
A bail fund promoted by Vice Presidential hopeful, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), was discovered to have assisted a man accused of raping an eight-year-old girl to post bail in July of this year.
The Daily Caller reported that The Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) charity helped make the alleged pedophile’s $75,000 bail around a month after suspected fraudster George Floyd’s in-custody death triggered a sequence of fiery civil unrest across dozens of major U.S. cities and beyond.
Timothy Wayne Columbus, 36, despite securing bail with the assistance of the MFF, faces a maximum of 30 years behind bars for allegedly raping a young girl in 2015. He was released from a Minneapolis jail in early July.
The statement of probable cause read: “Victim stated ‘Tim’ laid her on the couch and held her down as he unbuckled his pants and pulled down her pants. Victim stated he then ‘put his thing inside me.’”
“Victim stated ‘Tim’ told her not to tell anyone and continued to penetrate her,” the statement added.
Columbus was a family friend of the victim, and, while he maintains his innocence, he has stressed that the young girl had “always really liked him.”
Following the alleged assault, the family of the victim immediately cut ties with Columbus, although the girl did not reveal the alleged assault until a few years after the event.
Columbus was arrested in June, but it was also revealed that he “was a registered predatory offender for a separate incident,” according to The Daily Caller.
The day after his release from a Minneapolis jail, Columbus signed a document requesting to return any refunded bond money to the MFF.
Originally, the MFF was set up to assist protesters in Minnesota expressing their discontent at George Floyd’s in-custody death, the fund has toiled with offloading the $35 million it has received since its inception. Only 6% of the $3.5 million spent so far has gone to those booked on protest-related offenses.
If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota. https://t.co/t8LXowKIbw
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
Funds disbursed from the charity have included posting bond for a man that allegedly burglarized and brutally assaulted an elderly woman at her home. A man alleged to have stomped and robbed his victim on the same day that George Floyd died also received financial assistance.
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