Neo-Nazi leader arrested on child porn charges
Jan. 5, 2007 --
Kevin Alfred Strom, a major American neo-Nazi leader for almost 20
years, was arrested by federal agents in Virginia Thursday night and
charged with possession of child pornography and witness tampering.
Court records indicate federal agents found pornographic pictures had
been on Strom's computer hard drive between October 2005 and last
Strom was also charged with trying to intimidate an unnamed witness
Strom, founder of the National Vanguard white supremacist group, took
a "leave of absence" from his post as leader of that group last July
18, citing "health and family matters."
In a statement at the time, Strom said he had "made mistakes,
sometimes serious ones," during his life, but he gave no further hint
Strom goes before a federal judge today for arraignment.
Born in 1956, Strom had already joined the extreme-right John Birch
Society before he finished high school.
In the late 1970s, he became a follower of William Pierce, founder of
the notorious National Alliance neo-Nazi group.
In that role, he started a radio show, and became known as the group's
second "intellectual," after Pierce, though he was attacked for an
allegedly effeminate voice and manner.
When Pierce died in 2002, Strom remained with the Alliance for a time,
but broke away to form National Vanguard after a 2005 dispute with
other Alliance leaders.
Strom's interest in young girls was well known.