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Another day, another Proud Boy in trouble with the law for sexual violence against a child.
Joseph Charles Golinske was added to the Florida State Sex Offender Registry on June 7th. Golinske, a Clearwater resident who turns 40 this year, was infamously photographed during a 2019 Proud Boys rally in Portland, Oregon. He had the nickname “Oakman” among the Proud Boys presumably because he’s six and a half feet tall. The account @MichiganTea broke the news on Twitter.
Golinske was convicted (archive) of “Lewd or Laviscious Exhibition, Victim under 16, Offender 18 or Older” in Westland, Michigan last year. He was initially charged with four counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 in June of 2019. This means he was facing child molestation charges during the infamous August 2019 rally in Portland he was photographed at. It’s unclear whether the Proud Boys knew about this at the time or not. Golinske plead down last October. The first four counts were dismissed and he received an additional count of “criminal sexual conduct – second degree assault.” He was sentenced to two years of probation and had to pay $1,558 in court fees—including $60 for “DNA fees.”
Golinske was a Marine in an earlier life. Photos LCRW reviewed showed him at a “Toys for Tots” event in dress uniform (archive) in 2009. He was a Private, First Class at the time.
Golinske’s photos standing tall and holding an American flag at their 2019 Portland rally earned him a spot for a while as a Proud Boy “Elder”—one of the higher-ranking members that helped steer the group. Antifascsits in New York City spotted him later that year at a flopped rally. Oakman posed with neo-Nazi livestreamer Nick Fuentes in December 2019 and may have been a guest on his show, though LCRW was unable to find further records of the encounter at press time.
Oakman also posted on Telegram about protesting the COVID lockdown in 2020 while his mother was on a ventilator. He claimed hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug, helped her recover. There was a widespread conspiracy theory among antivaxxers at the time that the drug cured COVID. According to It’s Going Down, in 2020 he claimed to step away from the Proud Boys for personal matters. However, he identified himself as a member of the group when he spoke at an event called “Taking Back America” in Troy, Michigan in August that year. Oakman’s parting from the Proud Boys appeared to be amicable, but with the group landing in hot water after the Capitol Riot in January 2021, he may have chosen to keep his head down and his digital footprint light.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE) website, Golinkse is currently supervised under the Florida Department of Corrections. This means, according to the FDLE, that he’s “serving a court-ordered term of community monitoring under the authority of the Department of Corrections and/or the Florida Parole Commission.” Barring all else, his probation will be over on December 12th, 2024.