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A USPS worker suspected of throwing away bags full of mail posted about the QAnon conspiracy theory

October 16, 2020
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  • A Pittsburgh-area mail carrier is suspected of discarding garbage bags of undelivered mail.

  • The Pittsburgh City Paper obtained screenshots of a Facebook profile believed to belong to Sean Troesch, the mail carrier under investigation at the United States Postal Service. The profile is full of support for the QAnon conspiracy theory. 

  • One post shared on Troesch’s profile falsely claims that Chrissy Teigen “promoted pedophilia” and says that “Pizzagate is real.” 

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A Pittsburgh-area mail carrier suspected of leaving eight garbage bags of undelivered mail outside his home with the trash appears to have posted about the QAnon conspiracy theory, The Pittsburgh City Paper reported

Special agents with the United States Postal Service (USPS) Inspector General’s office raided the home of Sean Troesch on Sunday evening, according to KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate news outlet. 

The inspector general’s office said in a statement the bags of mail included “business mail, flats, and small amount of first class mail,” according to KDKA. Images provided to the outlet by neighbors show bags lined up on a curb. 

It’s possible that Troesch had discarded bags of mail in the past, neighbors told KDKA. The inspector general’s office said in its statement that there were no mail-in ballots for the November election included in the bags they confiscated on Sunday. 

Troesch is no longer employed with the USPS, according to Vice. The Pittsburgh City Paper reported a US Attorney’s office will be taking over the investigation.

Insider has reached out to the USPS for comment and sent a note to an email address that appeared to be associated with Troesch.

A Facebook page believed to belong to Troesch was full of content related to QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory baselessly alleging that President Donald Trump is fighting a deep-state cabal of human traffickers.

In screenshots obtained by the Pittsburgh City Paper, the since-deleted Facebook profile includes references to “Satanic pedophiles” and other human trafficking-focused conspiracy theories.

It does not appear there were QAnon posts explaining the alleged mail activity.

One post, reshared on Troesch’s profile, falsely claims Chrissy Teigen and Patton Oswalt have “promoted pedophilia” and says that “Pizzagate,” the conspiracy theory that inspired QAnon, “is real.” 

Celebrities like Teigen and Oswalt have become huge targets for QAnon conspiracy theorists. When Teigen posted on social media that she lost her baby, the QAnon community attacked her with cruel claims referencing the fictional trafficking cabal. 

This is far from the first time someone associated with the far-right movement has been accused of committing a crime. Several QAnon conspiracy theorists in the US have been charged with crimes, including murder and trespassing. In multiple unresolved cases, people appeared to be emboldened to attempt kidnappings because of their beliefs in QAnon.  

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