FBI arrests an ‘internet pornography personality’ on Jan. 6 charges

WASHINGTON — The FBI has arrested an “internet pornography personality” who went by the name “GodHypnotic,” accusing him of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Paul Caloia was arrested last week, according to court records, and faces four misdemeanor charges. An FBI affidavit features images of the man identified as Caloia climbing in through a broken window. His arrest was first reported by The Detroit News.

Paul Caloia.
Paul Caloia.U.S. District Court
Paul Caloia
Paul Caloia.U.S. District Court

An FBI affidavit said the bureau received a tip on Jan. 12, 2021, in which a witness related that an “internet pornography personality” had been “bragging” on Skype about participating in the Jan. 6 attack.

“Witness 1 further stated that as God Hypnotic was bragging about his involvement in the January 6 riots, another individual in the chat asked God Hypnotic why he went to the Capitol. At that point, Witness 1 said that God Hypnotic backtracked and said he went to the Capitol for reporting purposes,” the affidavit said.

Online “Sedition Hunters” — online sleuths who have identified hundreds of Capitol rioters and aided in numerous FBI investigations — had been tracking Caloia, as well. They had given him the nickname “RightWingRedWing” because they identified him in videos on Jan. 6 wearing a Detroit Red Wings hat.

The FBI also obtained a video it said Caloia recorded inside the Capitol on Jan. 6. The video had been saved by another witness who went to high school with Caloia, the FBI said.

“They came in with like, guns and s—, like ARs, and they have us face down on the ground,” he said in the video, according to the FBI.

Paul Caloia, far right and circled in red, enters the Capitol though a window
Paul Caloia enters the Capitol through a window on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the FBI.U.S. District Court

The FBI tried to interview Caloia at his home this March, according to the filing, but when an officer knocked on the door, no one opened it.

“Paul?” an officer said after knocking on the door. “Yeah?” a voice inside responded, according to the FBI. But Caloia “refused to talk or open the door,” the FBI affidavit said.

Paul Caloia, circled in red, inside the Capitol.
Paul Caloia inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, according to the FBI.U.S. District Court

More than 1,200 people have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and more than 450 have been sentenced to periods of incarceration.