Invictus' father, John Gillespie, was arrested days earlier and charged with human trafficking of children under 18 years old.
White nationalist and Holocaust denier Augustus Sol Invictus was arrested April 21 and charged with aggravated stalking in Orange County, Florida. His father, John Gillespie, a defense attorney, was arrested April 18 following a five-month investigation by Florida’s Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI). At the time of both men’s arrests, Invictus was staying with his father, according to the residence listed on the arrest warrant.
Investigators allege that John Gillespie used his law practice to “recruit females into prostitution,” according to a media release from MBI.
“Gillespie provided the women with illegal drugs, posted them on-line as escorts, arranged the prostitution dates and allowed them to use his Melbourne home for the acts of prostitution,” the media release states. “Witness testimony indicates his criminal behavior may have been occurring for 20 years.”
Gillespie was arrested at a Hilton Garden Inn after arranging to have sex with an undercover officer posing as a 16-year-old girl, according to the arrest affidavit.
A few days later, Invictus was arrested after his wife told police he had been following her, violating a bond order on domestic violence charges in South Carolina that stipulated he have no contact with her. Invictus was released from jail in South Carolina on bail on April 1 after his lawyers raised health concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to police, Invictus’ wife reported that he’d harassed her repeatedly since being released from jail in late March. He would contact her through her daughter’s phone, demanding she bring the children to the park. On April 14, he posted photos of himself and his children at a park to Twitter, with the hashtag #FamilyParkNationalism.
The arrest warrant affidavit states that on one occasion, Invictus’ wife dropped the children off at the park, then Invictus saw her talking to a stranger. His wife told police that he asked her daughter who the man was, then told her, “your mother is a whore.”
Invictus has a long history of allegations of violence against women, as reported by Hatewatch. This recent arrest follows charges of domestic violence in South Carolina, the first time he has been formally charged. Other police reports from Florida detail numerous allegations of beating, strangling and threatening to kill intimate partners.
Invictus was granted $50,000 bond on the Orange County charges.
Booking photos of Augustus Sol Invictus (left) and father John Gillespie from Orange County Jail