Fact Check: Paul Pelosi Was NOT Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

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  • by: Courtney Kealy
Fact Check: Paul Pelosi Was NOT Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography No Such Charge

Was Paul Pelosi charged with possession of child pornography? No, that's not true: Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on May 28, 2022, and was not charged with possession of child pornography, according to the press release from Napa California Highway Patrol about the DUI arrest, and his spokesperson, Larry Kamer.

The claim appeared in an article (archived here) published by the Vancouver Times on May 30, 2022, under the title "Paul Pelosi charged with possession of child porn as #MemorialDay trends."

It opened:

Paul Pelosi is in serious trouble and could face many years in prison.

Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was re-arrested this weekend for possession of child pornography and crack cocaine. The MSM reported on the first arrest, but not the second arrest.

This is how the article looked at the time of writing:

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(Source: Vancouver Times screenshot taken on Wed Jun 2 20:04:50 2022 UTC)

Larry Kamer, spokesperson for Paul Pelosi, wrote in an email to Lead Stories on June 2, 2022, that the claim that he was charged with possession of child pornography was:

Absolutely untrue.

In an email on June 2, 2022, Jaret Paulson, a public information officer, with the Napa Area California Highway Patrol, provided Lead Stories with the news release that included details of Paul Pelosi's charges. This is what it looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: Napa California Highway Patrol screenshot taken on Wed Jun 2 19:49:45 2022 UTC)

The charge is that Paul Pelosi was arrested for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage.

Lead Stories has debunked several false claims from the Vancouver Times. You can see those stories here.

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  Courtney Kealy

Courtney Kealy is a writer and fact-checker at Lead Stories. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Journalism, she specializes in national and foreign affairs with more than two decades experience in the Middle East. Her work has appeared on FOX News, AlJazeera America, ABC News, the New York Times, Marie Claire, Time and Newsweek.

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