The Idaho lawmaker, who is accused of sexual misconduct, has previously been warned about his treatment of women and told to stop.
Documents relating to the ethics protest by Aaron von Ehlinger, a member of the Republican Party of Lyston, show that the House Speaker instructed another lawmaker to speak with von Ehlinger about his treatment of women working in the Idaho Capitol.
The Ethics հանձնաժողով House Policy Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday after von Elling’s complaint of “sexual misconduct” came after a 19-year-old lawmaker accused him of having oral sex, according to documents released by the Idaho House. Representatives After a month-long investigation, the committee unanimously ruled that there was a “probable cause”. Von Elinger denied the allegations, saying that the sexual intercourse was agreed upon, according to the documents of the ethics committee.
The newly published documents also detail the accusation. According to a report by the Boise Police Department, the prosecutor told “his boss that he was raped” by von Ehlinger. The accuser described to the members of the ethics committee that he put his groin on his face, even though he said “no”.
“I feel like you kind of used me,” he said in a text message to von Elinger, repeating that he said “no”. He told her he had not slept for days.
Boise police said they were investigating the allegations.
The Idaho Code defines rape as forced oral penetration. The Idaho Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, represented by the prosecutor, declined to comment Monday night.
Blanksman was “awkward” after the clash with Von Elinger
House group leader Megan Blanksman, R-Hammett, directed director Ames Holzklav, R-Meridian, to speak with von Elling after the lobbyist told him that Von Ellinger was making him uncomfortable at the reception. In the past, Holzklav has faced charges of sexual harassment.
The woman told Blanksma that she “tried to leave several times. He continued to follow, ”reads the transcript of the ethics committee’s documents. The woman said she believed von Ellinger was also following her to the bathroom. Blanksman said he kept the woman anonymous at his request.
Holzklav told the committee that he had taken von Ellinger out to dinner and advised him not to flirt with anyone on the Capitol. After the luncheon, he told the Blanksmann Committee that von Ellinger had challenged him to settle it.
“He was defensive when the tax was raised. I do not know if he appreciated the effort or the spirit with which the proposal was made,” Blanksman said.
He demanded to know more about the accusation, Blanksman said, making him uncomfortable. Von Ehlinger asked him if the complaint was about “some disturbing incident” and began to talk about a staff member. Blanksman said that surprised him.
Blanksman said he was trying to “keep Republican Republicans out of trouble,” he told the committee. He said he told her he was trying to help her.
“He commented that, you know, he was lonely, tall, blond, good-looking boy, you know, people sometimes misunderstand,” Blanksman said.
Asked how different von Ellinger and the woman talking to him were from power, Blanksman said he was a lobbyist.
Von Elinger told the committee that he had “no idea” that he was against any policy.
“I will tell you, if there was a House rule or a law against it, I guarantee you all that I would not deal with this person at all,” von Ellinger told the committee.
In another case, von Ehlinger reportedly asked one of the palace clerks for dinner. He later emailed her saying that she was married and that she was uncomfortable spending time alone.
Kerry Mowlin, chief executive of the House of Representatives, told the ethics committee he was concerned about the “difference in power” between von Ellinger’s staff, who told Moulin he was uncomfortable talking to him in person. The new members had completed their “respectable workplace” courses, Mowlin said.
Asked if the representatives had a “hierarchy” with the staff, it was an “unspoken” understanding, Holzklav told the ethics committee, adding that he thought it would be inappropriate to date staff members in the legislature. Holtzclav did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.
“You should not date anyone in this field who we are and who we work with,” Holtsklav told the committee. “Anyone in this building is forbidden.”