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Idaho lawmaker accused of rape resigns after ethics ruling

Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, right, a Republican from Lewiston, watches as members of...
Idaho state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, right, a Republican from Lewiston, watches as members of the House ethics committee discuss whether he acted in a way that was "unbecoming" to his position in connection with rape allegations brought against him by a 19-year-old intern, during a hearing in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The committee unanimously agreed on Thursday that von Ehlinger should be formally censured and suspended from his office, and that a new lawmaker should be appointed to serve in his place. The full House could vote on the matter as soon as Friday. (AP Photo/Rebecca Boone)(Rebecca Boone | AP)
Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 11:46 AM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Update: An Idaho lawmaker accused of rape by a 19-year-old legislative intern has resigned after an ethics committee found he should be formally censured.

The investigation into Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger began in March. A young staffer reported he raped her in his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant.

Von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing and maintains he had consensual sexual contact with the young woman.

His resignation letter was read to the full House on Thursday afternoon.

The Boise Police Department is investigating the rape allegations, and von Ehlinger has not been charged.

Original Story:

A legislative ethics committee says an Idaho lawmaker who was accused of rape by a 19-year-old intern should be formally censured and suspended from office.

The full House could vote on the matter as soon as Friday.

The investigation into Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger began in March after a young staffer reported he raped her in his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant.

Von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing and maintains he had consensual sexual contact with the young woman.

The Boise Police Department is investigating the case, and von Ehlinger has not been charged.

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