PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – David Moerschel, of Punta Gorda, is facing additional federal charges for his actions on January 6th, 2021, when far-right Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in a bid to overturn the results of the presidential election.

Moerschel, who was previously charged with conspiracy and obstruction of an official proceeding, is now charged with federal seditious conspiracy.

A release by the Department of Justice details Moerschel’s actions on that day:

“At approximately 2:30 p.m., as detailed in the indictment, Hackett, Harrelson, Meggs, Moerschel, and Watkins, and other Oath Keepers and affiliates – many wearing paramilitary clothing and patches with the Oath Keepers name, logo, and insignia – marched in a “stack” formation up the east steps of the Capitol, joined a mob, and made their way into the Capitol. Later, another group of Oath Keepers and associates, including James, Minuta, and Ulrich, formed a second “stack” and breached the Capitol grounds, marching from the west side to the east side of the Capitol building and up the east stairs and into the building.”

United States Department of Justice

Moerschel is a member of the ‘Oath Keepers,’ a loosely organized group known to have some members affiliated with militias. According to the DOJ, “though the Oath Keepers will accept anyone as members, they explicitly focus on recruiting current and former military, law enforcement, and first-responder personnel.”

In today’s indictment, Elmer Stewart Rhodes was also charged for the first time in the January 6th attack. Rhodes is the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers.

Moerschel and others are accused of using social media and other websites to recruit participants before heading to Washington D.C.

Moerschel joined an invitation-only message group titled “OK FL DC OP Jan 6,” and attended GoToMeetings with people affiliated with the Oath Keepers, according to a release from the US Attorney’s Office.

The 43-year-old was caught on surveillance cameras with other known Oath Keeper members joining a military-stack formation before moving through the crowd and into the Capitol building, according to court documents.

Meorschel’s case is being prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Department of Justice National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

In the year since the attack, 725 people have been arrested for their role in the riots. 225 of those arrested have been charged for attacks on law enforcement.

Still, more than 350 people who were involved have not yet been identified. The FBI is actively seeking tips on those individuals. To see the photos from that day, head HERE.

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