Paul Zunker, Carver County Republican chairman, charged for molesting minor

Tom Emmer hanging out with Paul Zunker.

Tom Emmer hanging out with Paul Zunker.

Paul Zunker, chair of the Carver County Republican Party, has been charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for molesting a minor.

Zunker has allegedly been molesting his victim since last August. The victim, who is under 16, would tell him to "knock it off" and "stop," which he would only do briefly before starting again, according to a complaint from the Carver County Attorney's Office. Zunker would allegedly touch the victim's chest against her wishes and when she asked him to stop, Zunker "laughed," according to the complaint.

The Carver County Sheriff's Office and child protection workers learned of the sexual abuse this August and began investigating it. Confronted by a child protection worker, Zunker confessed to molesting her "at least one time per week."


Asked to explain his actions, Zunker allegedly told them that he did it "because it made him feel good."

Zunker faces a maximum 25 years in prison if he's convicted of the charges. He'll be in court September 16.

In light of the allegations, Zunker resigned his post as chair of the Carver County GOP, according to the Chanhassen Villager.