Leo Brent Bozell IV, son of right-wing activist L. Brent Bozell III, has been indicted in federal court for his alleged role in the January 6 uprising on Capitol Hill.
Bozell IV faces three charges: disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building and obstructing official procedure, according to a complaint filed on February 16.
Bozell’s father is the founder of the conservative Media Research Center, a self-described watchdog group that aims to “expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the left: the national media.” Your Parents’ Television Council campaigns to bring “responsibility and decency to the entertainment industry in response to the American demand for positive, family-oriented television programming,” and the Institute of Culture and Media, which Bozell III founded in 1987, he criticized what he claims is “liberal bias” in all American media. Bozell III is frank about his extreme views against abortion, and recently complained on the Fox Business network that all Republicans have been unfairly branded riot participants.
The complaint against Bozell IV, who coached women’s basketball at Hershey Christian Academy in Pennsylvania, contains screenshots of video footage showing him on the Senate balcony and wandering the Senate floor during the Capitol riot. He can be seen wearing a blue sweatshirt printed with “Hershey Christian Academy” on the chest. At least three separate witnesses saw a video on television or social media of Bozell participating in the riot and contacted the FBI, the complaint says.
The FBI received its first tip about Bozell IV on January 14, according to the complaint. The insider provided the full name of Bozell IV, along with links to the video of Bozell inside the Capitol, as well as footage of him exiting the building. The next day, a second person contacted the FBI about a photo they had seen on Twitter of Bozell IV, followed by additional information obtained from the Hershey Christian Academy Facebook page, which revealed the trainer’s nickname as ” Zeeker “.
Six days later, a third concerned citizen posted a notice via the FBI website that included a photo of Bozell IV and a teenage girl on a basketball court, holding a trophy. The insider said they were “100% certain that Zeeker Bozell” had been involved in the riot on Capitol Hill.
A few days after the Capitol siege, a co-worker showed the informant a photo of a man exiting the Capitol building wearing a blue Hershey Christian Academy sweatshirt. They “immediately identified” Bozell IV as the father of the children who attended Hershey Christian, and who had also served as the school’s girls basketball coach until March 2020, “as the team could no longer practice or play due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “
Bozell IV does not yet have a lawyer included in the court records. A spokesperson for Bozell III did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Beast.
– With additional reporting from Will Sommer