Downing: The FBI dropped the ball on child exploitation, as agency obsessed over Jan. 6



The Federal Bureau of Investigation, by its own admission, neglected at least one critical investigation into horrific child sexual exploitation, while diverting agency resources toward investigating those thought to be involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol. 

An example of FBI misdirecting its resources is the disturbing case of an Alaska man, Brogan T. Welsh, who allegedly distributed child pornography and expressed disgusting fantasies online about anally raping male children. 

The FBI had Welsh in its sights and was set to bring charges against him. Even one week before Jan. 6, 2021, the man they believe is Welsh was trying to get a sex date with a prepubescent boy online.

 But the FBI but dropped the case on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the FBI’s Statement of Facts to the court. It had more important things to investigate – Trump supporters.

How many other cases of equal or greater severity have been dropped by the FBI in favor of targeting politically active Americans?

The alarming nearly three-year delay in arresting Welsh raises concerns about the FBI’s priorities and whether it is really dedicated to protecting vulnerable children from heinous sexual predators.

Welsh was finally indicted in late October in the District of Columbia on charges of distributing child pornography. Other charges may be developed as his activities are uncovered.

The arrest itself occurred a few days later in Anchorage. From the time the FBI dropped the case in 2021 until just two weeks ago, Welsh likely continued to be part of online exploitation of children. 

This isn’t just a kinky proclivity of a hyper-sexualized adult man. Before his case was forgotten about by the FBI, Welsh had contacted someone on a kiddie-porn internet platform. He apparently believed the man to be the father of a minor child, and Welsh expressed a desire to travel to the District of Columbia to sexually abuse the purported child. The description of what he wanted to do to the child is graphic — it was unadulterated rape.

That man turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. The evidence against Welsh was substantial, including IP addresses, online identities, explicit images, and videos depicting the sexual abuse of prepubescent boys. In text messages, Welsh was recorded telling the FBI undercover officer how much he wanted to rape the man’s son. It is unimaginable that such a case would be put on hold. But it was.

After the FBI lost interest in Welsh on Jan. 6, 2021, it wasn’t until August 2023 that the FBI stumbled upon Welsh’s file, and it only did so because it was investigating another unrelated case.

This disturbing incident highlights a concerning pattern of the FBI diverting resources away from vital cases to pursue politically motivated agendas.

In the months following Jan. 6, 2021, innocent Alaskans, including Paul and Marilyn Hueper of Homer, were targeted by the FBI. Agents came bursting through the front door of the couple’s home on April 28, 2021, saying they were searching for then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laptop. Investigators left with a pocket-size copy of the U.S. Constitution that the agency took into evidence, thinking it added credence to their case, but the laptop was nowhere to be found in Alaska because this turned out to be a case of badly mistaken identity.

Anchorage activist Jay McDonald was also subjected to a harassing interrogation from the FBI because the agency had opened up a tip line and a political operative from the Democratic side submitted McDonald’s name as someone who was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The records show, however, that McDonald was in Alaska that day. It was a case of political warfare, and the FBI was a useful pawn, while McDonald rightfully feared for his family’s safety.

These instances of mistaken identity and political harassment demonstrate how valuable FBI resources were misallocated while perverts ran wild.

During Welsh’s ultimate arrest, the FBI said it found incriminating evidence in his Anchorage room, “Including sex toys that are very small in size and apparently consistent with the body size of an approximate 10-year-old boy, including: a silicon ring, apparently of the type commonly referred to as a ‘cock ring;’ a bag of ‘sensory finger rings’ which are apparently devices for manual sexual stimulation; a very small dildo consistent in size with anal penetration; and the following clothing consistent with a 10-year-old boy and too small for an adult person of WELSH’s size: two pairs of underwear; and one pajama bottom.”

The investigation revealed that a 10-year-old boy was, in fact, residing at the residence with Welsh.

“On January 6, 2021, FBI, Washington Field Office, this investigation was halted due to events that occurred at the United States Capitol Building that day,” the Statement of Facts said.

How long might this case have been ignored if it had not stumbled on it again?

This is a job for the Chairman James Comer of the Congressional Oversight and Accountability Committee, who should review the Statement of Facts of this case and subpoena the FBI Director Christopher Wray and his subordinates to answer the question: How many other Brogan Welshes are still out there committing crimes, while the FBI conducts manhunts relating to Jan. 6?


  1. The government’s dirty little secret…they don’t care about child exploitation because a bunch of them are into it. If Epstein Islands walls could talk.

  2. Overthrowing the US Government isn’t a big deal as long as it is done in the name of MAGA! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP! LOCK HIM UP!

    • A bunch of liberals just tried to overthrow it last week. Vandalized tax payers property all sorts of bs. As for you you’re a piece of shit. TFT. Can’t even use your real name you nutless sack. Shoot your mouth off and hide. Just a spineless troll.

    • Pure Animal Farm governance. Some protests are more equal than others these days, as the pro-Hamas protesters managed to try to storm the WH at least twice over the last month and the Cannon House Office Building once. All 3 at some level disrupted the operation of governance. Happily, at least they weren’t parading.

      The FIB is pushing the Jan 6 persecutions to maintain the hoax that Jan 6 was an insurrection. Nobody in federal law enforcement or the intel community have managed to detail the number of feds involved leading and instigating the festivities on Jan 6. That is a non-zero number.

      There are only so many brane cells available. When you are using for doing the wrong things (Jan 6 prosecutions to maintain a hoax), there aren’t a lot of them left over to do what you were actually hired to do. Cheers –

    • So you’re saying you’re cool with them dropping the ball on a child predator to go all hands on deck for j6 even if the predator continues to rape little boys? Bc that’s exactly what happened here. Trump really broke you people’s tiny brains.

    • January 6th, 2021: the first ‘insurrection’ in world history in which not one (so-called) insurrectionist carried or wielded a weapon.

      Oh yes, but that’s right, radical leftists believe that words are violence, in and of themselves. And apparently even doubleplusbad thoughts are weapons, as well.

    • Are you suggesting an agency as large as the fbi isn’t capable of pursuing j6 AND go after slam dunk child predator cases like this one? Bc that’s what happened here. And the man went on to rape another boy in a different state.

  3. Castration. We do that to mans best friend every second of the day, so let’s make castration a punishment for sex violations that Congress deems not cruel and unusual, We already have the Supreme Court, a choice given to sex criminals or at least was in the not so distant past in exchange for shorter jail sentences.
    The other problem we have is bleeding heart liberals that have been so lenient on crime that crime now has become our culture, a spectators sport. This is where the republicans can score votes and win elections.
    Summarize; Do not miss jury duty and vote.

    • Castration of itself, while men rightly fear it, will not prevent future sexual encounters – ask the trans folks – they still desire sex, still get orgasms. Castration does not prevent erection either. Whatever punishment we decide is appropriate to deter future infractions, it must be fearful enough and effective in preventing future abuse. Addressing victims is an whole other topic – homosexual rape scars a boy for life emotionally. Having been a victim, I can attest…

  4. Dear Trump for Treason, is that the best you got? Wow…at least give us some proof. We want some statistics. We are listening.

    • Good effen gawd Kirk. A conservative lawyer at the Liberty for a Lot of Us institute calculated that the Trump empire has committed 445,365 crimes of anticipated or low tierviolations, but over 5578 felony level crimes. You want evidence and proof? Quit relying on the Archie and Jughead newshour. Read real news. It’s out there.

    • First of all, a chomo may have the equipment but is not a man. They’re not even human. And “dark ages” level of reckoning is never over when it comes to the sanctity of the innocence of children. Period.
      Nutting chomos isn’t for punishment; it’s prophylactic to provide a layer pf protection for every other child, and maybe as a deterrent for those that still have some bit of control over their evil. If the procedure was performed without anesthetic then THAT might be considered punishment; however, I’m not at all contrite on reaping the whirlwind upon pedophiles.

  5. Federal Bureau of incompetence That about says it all. The federal government has come off the rails and is headed for a mess. It’s going to be ugly when normal citizens decide enough is enough.

  6. Might be worth asking the
    Honorable Andy Biggs, Chair
    Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance
    2138 Rayburn House Building
    Washington, DC 20515
    Phone: (202) 225-6906
    to request an explanation from FBI leadership: why it happened, what assures it won’t happen again.
    The Subcommittee on Crime and Federal Government Surveillance has jurisdiction over the Federal Criminal Code, —the administration of justice, federal prosecutors—, drug enforcement, sentencing, internal and homeland security, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the use of surveillance tools by federal law enforcement, and prisons. It is chaired by Representative Andy Biggs.
    Enough folks ask and share their ask with conservative media outlets, this could end well for everyone except for Brogan T. Welsh.

  7. Isn’t it weird how someone can still get in trouble for “child porno”, yet all of the nasty books that librarians and teachers are getting away with providing and teaching even to kindergarteners? Glad it is still happening, but the conflict here is so obvious.

    • I’ve thought the same. Reminds me of the early days of the internet when they would use the, “i’m doing research for a book” thing.


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