Archive for March 14, 2010

Utah House Leader Naked in Hot Tub With Minor

March 14, 2010 Comments off

Google/AP: Utah’s House majority leader’s skinny-dip confession stuns Utah.

Salt Lake City — A late-night confession by Utah’s House majority leader about sitting nude in a hot tub with a minor 25 years ago has shocked this conservative state’s political establishment but has not prompted calls from party leaders for him to resign.

Rep. Kevin Garn, 55, acknowledged the indiscretion late Thursday immediately after the Legislature adjourned for the session. He said he paid the woman $150,000 to keep quiet about the episode when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2002.

“Although we did not have any sexual contact, it was still clearly inappropriate — and it was my fault,” said Garn, of Layton.

“This is something I should have done back in 2002. But I was scared. I did not want to be publicly judged by one of my life’s worst decisions,” said Garn, who was married at the time.

I wonder how this man voted on sex offender laws in the Utah House. Does he believe that others should not be “publicly judged by one of their life’s worst decisions” ?

NY Sheriff Deputy Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

March 14, 2010 Comments off Sheriff deputy pleads guilty to sexual abuse, will likely face jail time.

Saratoga County Sheriff’s Deputy Donald Harder III will likely face jail time come May. Accused of sexual abuse by four women between June and August of 2009, he pleaded guilty to a felony Menacing in the First Degree, a misdemeanor Official Misconduct and four misdemeanor counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree on Thursday, March 11, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy.

Harder was accused by four separate women of making sexual demands while in uniform and making them fear physical injury if they didn’t comply. Harder was said to be in uniform, wearing his service weapon on his gun belt and standing next to his marker patrol unit while on duty when demands were made. The incidents occurred between June and August 2009 and all four women came forward individually and on separate occasions, according to information from Murphy’s office.

No mention of whether he will be required to be registered as a sex offender, although many of these law enforcement officials and politicians get away without being put on the lists.