The following is what the Libertarian Party of Nevada (LPN) concluded after investigating their Romanian born treasurer, Kurt Brackob, who was charged as a sex offender in Romania.
Per the State of Nevada, Kurt Brackob is not on any registered sex offender list. Due to the results of this investigation it was determined that Kurt Brackob is not a sex offender and that there was no need to make any statements on the matter as they would be a violation of his privacy. However, since Kurt is being attacked for political gain we are now choosing to release our findings.
Libertarian Party of Nevada: Internal investigation of Kurt Brackob.
Kurt Brackob previously went by the name Kurt Treptow. He lived in Romania for over a decade prior to serving over 4 years in maximum security prison there. He is a prominent historian with a PhD in history from University of Illinois and was a Director at the Foundation for Romanian Culture and Studies. He was a Fulbright scholar and was appointed to the Fulbright commission for Romania in 2002. He authored many books on Romanian history.
Kurt was involved in politics in Romania, as he is today in the United States, and had associations with top level political figures. As an American involved in Romanian politics Kurt was disliked by Romanian politicians with ties to communism.
On September 11th 2002, Kurt was arrested in Romania while returning home from the United States. Initially the media was reporting very extreme allegations of child pornography, claiming the existence of pictures and videos that showed Kurt engaged in criminal sexual activities. None of this evidence was accepted by the court, and the case was headed towards dismissal.
Then the Judge on the case was removed, and she was sentenced to community service. A new judge was picked by the prosecution and new charges were brought against Kurt. The trial was closed to the public. In December of 2002 Kurt was sentenced to 7 years incarceration, but was released in February of 2007 after serving over 4 years.
The offenses he was charged with involve sexual acts with two girls whose reported ages are conflicting. Some sources say ages 10 and 13, while others say 9 and 14. He was reported to have an accomplice an adult female, Tatiana Popovici, who brought the girls to him. It is reported that during the trial the lawyers representing Kurt and his alleged accomplice continuously tried to shift the blame between their clients, a legal strategy designed to further incriminate them both. The media also reported that Kurt and Tatiana were in a romantic relationship. Kurt was involved with his current wife at that time. She remained with him, figuratively speaking, throughout this case and subsequent incarceration. Kurt’s wife was not the alleged accomplice.
The media reports on this case are so wild and so contradictory it very difficult to decipher the facts. There are no comprehensive stories on the case from any reputable news sources. There are some brief articles found in the BBC and the Washington Times but they are just translations and regurgitation of stories from Romania. There was no in depth English language coverage of this case. There was no in depth coverage in any language for that matter, only tabloid style journalism. There are even some articles that tell stories of Kurt and Tatiana living in Italy after being released from prison during a time when Kurt was verifiably living in the United States with his wife. These Romanian news sources have no credibility whatsoever.
Kurt was certainly financially able to provide for his own legal defense but instead he was forced to be represented by a government appointed attorney. He was not permitted to speak on his own behalf.
This method of legal justice would never withstand the scrutiny of the public in the United States. There is no resemblance of due process. The driving forces behind the prosecution were Kurt’s political adversaries and they controlled all aspects of his trial including what statements were made on his behalf.
Another disturbing fact is that these types of charges were brought against many individuals involved in Romanian politics. In one case the accused escaped Romania and found refuge in Sweden. The Swedish government refused the Romanian extradition request on the grounds that the charges were false and politically motivated. In a nation known for human trafficking, the Romanian government would have the world believe that the only sexual criminal activity in their country is perpetrated by opponents of the ruling political party.
The Libertarian Party of Nevada has received no complaints whatsoever about Kurt’s behavior. We hired a third party (non-LPN funds) to do a criminal background check and Kurt has no criminal history in the United States, not even a traffic violation. We enlisted the help of translators to assist us in deciphering the Romanian articles and to determine the facts of this case. Contrary to what these false news articles would have you believe, none of the translators had heard of this case and most of them were former Romanian citizens. We asked the translators upon completion of this investigation what their opinion was on the matter. None of them believed that Kurt actually committed those crimes. They all said it appeared to be politically motivated.
Kurt fought for liberty and was victimized by a tyrannical government. He paid a price that hopefully none of us will ever have to, and he continues to fight even after all that has happened to him.
Kurt did not seek the position of Treasurer himself. He was asked to fill a vacancy because he had assisted the previous Treasurer. As a member of the party Kurt was not required to disclose any details of his personal history. At that time Kurt had already demonstrated he was a very valuable member of the party and there was a large amount of pressure put on him to fill the vacancy as it was the general consensus among the executive committee that he was the obvious choice.
Our final determination on this matter is that Kurt Brackob is an upstanding individual. He has conducted himself with honor as Treasurer of the Libertarian Party of Nevada and continues to have the full faith and confidence of the executive committee.