Police investigating Christian Ziegler for sexual battery
Christian Ziegler throws his hat in the crowded ring for Florida GOP Chair.

No charges have been filed and an investigation remains ongoing.

A woman has accused Republican Party of Florida Chair Christian Ziegler of sexual battery. An investigation into the credibility of the accusation is ongoing, according to the Sarasota Police Department, which would not confirm many details.

A heavily redacted Sarasota Police report, shown below, offers few concrete details. The Oct. 4 report verifies an active criminal investigation, and that the accuser alleged she was raped, but enormous details were redacted as police stressed the investigation remains ongoing.

“The report you inquired about is still an active and ongoing investigation,” said SPD spokesperson Cynthia McLaughlin.

The Trident, a news section for the the Florida Center for Government Accountability, first reported the investigation and alludes to rumors the accuser had been involved in a long-time tryst with Ziegler and his wife, Sarasota School Board member Bridget Ziegler.

But the report does not name the accuser.

The report does not appear to involve any incident with Bridget Ziegler.

Both Zieglers are powerful figures in Florida political circles. In addition to his work with the state party, Christian Ziegler has done consulting work across the country and boasts ties to Gov. Ron DeSantis and former President Donald Trump.

He was elected Chair of the Republican Party of Florida in February in what was seen as a win for Trump’s campaign team over close DeSantis ally Evan Power, now the state party’s Vice Chair.

Bridget Ziegler is a co-founder of the influential Moms For Liberty organization.

Both have voiced social conservative agendas and were supporters of Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law and various limits on transgender rights.

DeSantis appointed Bridget Ziegler to the high-profile Central Florida Tourism Oversight Board, the replacement for the Disney-controlled Reedy Creek Improvement District on the Walt Disney Resort property. She has often appeared alongside the Governor when bills, including when the “Don’t Say Gay” law, were signed.

The Center for Government Accountability reports police have executed a warrant for Christian Ziegler’s phone and are conducting a forensic investigation of the device.

It is unclear how long the investigation will continue or what details support the accusation of sexual battery.

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Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].



    November 30, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    According to the new laws signed by DeSantis, those found guilty of sexual crimes can now face the death penalty in Florida.
    I think that’s fair for a piece of filth like this.

  • Jay Smif

    November 30, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Wasn’t a drag queen or an LGBTQ person beating up this woman, now was it, and why would a “mom for liberty” be into all this grooming and subversion, and rewarded by the corrupt governor for doing so?

  • PeterH

    November 30, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • My Take

    November 30, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    “long-time tryst with Ziegler AND HIS WIFE” !!
    Not even Trumpy wandered intò such waters”
    Moms As Libertines

    • Margaret Chrisawn

      November 30, 2023 at 7:17 pm

      I suspect the sexual assault/battery charge will be “disappeared” by the usual Rethugs, but I do so hope this tryst issue with this woman, Ziegler, and a bona fide Mom for Liberty will result in intensive oppo research.

      I can’t think of two people I want to see utterly destroyed politically than these two.

  • BAN the GOP

    November 30, 2023 at 6:24 pm

    Oh my oh my. What do MAGAs do when they aren’t in their evangelical churches? Every time u turn around they are investigated for sexual assaults, Pornography, leaving the country for trysts with underage kids and they are worried about BOOKs

  • Joe

    December 1, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    Tiny D really knows how to pick some despicable cronies, that’s for sure.

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