By REBECCA BOONE, Related Press
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A former state lawmaker made his first look in an Idaho courtroom on prices that he raped a younger legislative intern earlier this yr.
Aaron von Ehlinger attended the court docket continuing earlier than Ada County Justice of the Peace Decide John Hawley by way of a distant video connection Wednesday morning. Von Ehlinger waived the formal studying of the costs in opposition to him — rape and forcible penetration by use of a international object, each felonies — and the decide set a preliminary listening to for Oct. 29.
“Aaron’s simply anxious to have this course of run its course,” mentioned his lawyer, John Cox, later that day. “We intend to battle these allegations vigorously, and he is wanting ahead to his days in court docket.”
Von Ehlinger was a Republican state consultant from Lewiston when a 19-year-old legislative intern reported that he introduced her to his residence beneath false pretenses and raped her. On the time, von Ehlinger denied all wrongdoing and maintained he had consensual sexual contact with the lady. The Related Press doesn’t identify individuals who say they’ve been sexually assaulted until they comply with be publicly named.
A legislative ethics committee discovered that von Ehlinger engaged in “conduct unbecoming” and mentioned they’d assist a vote to take away him from the Idaho Statehouse. Von Ehlinger resigned from workplace earlier than the vote was held.
Von Ehlinger has not but had the chance to enter a plea. In Idaho’s court docket system, most felony circumstances first undergo a preliminary listening to, throughout which a Justice of the Peace decide determines if there may be sufficient proof to justify sending the case to district court docket. If the case is distributed to district court docket, the defendant is then requested to enter a plea.
Each rape and forcible penetration by use of a international object carry most penalties of life in jail.
Idaho doesn’t observe many statistics associated to sexual assault, however a 2016 report on sexual violence from the Idaho State Police discovered that solely 19% of reported rapes end in an arrest, and solely 15% of rape studies end in prices being filed. Solely 4% of reported rapes end in a defendant being discovered responsible of a intercourse crime, based on the report.
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