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Former 'tea party' spokesman arrested on kidnapping, rape charges

March 17, 2012 |  7:22 pm

A former spokesman for the San Diego branch of the "tea party" has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and raping a 56-year-old woman, authorities said.

Michael Kobulnicky, 50, was arrested at his home in Lemon Grove. He remains in San Diego County jail and is set to be arraigned next week.

Kobulnicky is suspected of offering to give the woman a ride to her home and instead driving her to Fiesta Island and raping her, according to San Diego police.

On his website, Kobulnicky says he is helping organize a Patriot Voices Summit 2012 in San Diego for this summer. He lists several teaching jobs he has held.


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