MINNEAPOLIS — A federal civil lawsuit has been filed against Anton “Tony” Lazzaro Tuesday, alleging the top Republican donor was the “ringmaster” of a sex trafficking enterprise.
The civil lawsuit is filed on behalf of a victim who was 16 when they were allegedly recruited by Lazzaro.
The lawsuit says Lazzaro “used his power, wealth, influence, connections, and resources to recruit children as part of a predatory enterprise of perversion wherein he used whatever means he could to gain their trust so that he could prey on them.”
The lawsuit also names Gisela Castro Medina as a co-conspirator for allegedly grooming and recruiting the victim for the sex trafficking enterprise.
Medina, a now-suspended student at the University of St. Thomas, faces seven federal charges, including one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, five counts of sex trafficking of minors and one count of obstruction.