SALT LAKE CITY—The Utah House of Representatives was investigating Thursday whether a lawmaker who abruptly resigned used a state-issued cellphone and hotel room paid for with taxpayer money to arrange trysts with a prostitute.
Stanard, a married Republican from the southern Utah resort community of St. George, resigned Tuesday night after serving five years in the House. He voted last year in favor of a law that made state prostitution laws stricter, including raising the penalty for people who are convicted twice of solicitation.
A prostitute, Brie Taylor, said Stanard twice paid her for sex last year during business trips to Salt Lake City and that he arranged the meetings with a phone number listed on his legislative profile.
A newspaper posted screenshots of messages that Taylor said came from Stanard.
The date and time of the messages indicate Stanard would have been texting her to arrange meetings on days the Legislature was in session in March and in the summer and fall when lawmakers are called to interim meetings at the Capitol.
Republican Rep. Mike McKell said Stanard gave lawmakers no explanation about why he resigned and that House leaders have not shared information with them.
“I was absolutely shocked. I had never heard anything, there was nothing in my interaction—I sit next to him on the House floor—nothing in my interaction that’s ever suggesting anything even remotely close to what we’re seeing today,” McKell said.
On a campaign website that has now been taken down, he wrote that his wife and three children are the “most important thing” in his life and that he enjoys being able to spend time with them “every chance he can get.”
Former Judge Tim Nolan on Friday agreed to spend 20 years in prison for human trafficking.
He used drugs, threats of arrest, and threats of eviction to force women and girls under the age of 18 into sex acts, according to the charges read in court by Judge Kathleen Lape.
Nolan pleaded guilty to 21 counts dating back to 2004. In addition to human trafficking and attempted human trafficking, the charges included giving drugs and alcohol to minors.
Under the plea agreement, Nolan will serve 20 years in prison and pay a $100,000 fine. He would be eligible for parole in four years, his attorney said. The judge will sentence him on March 29.
The case has shocked the region. Nolan served as a district judge in the late 1970s and early 1980s and had become a well-known political figure. He campaigned locally for Donald Trump, was vocal on many conservative/tea party issues, and was elected to the Campbell County School Board in 2016.
For 10 minutes, Lape read the counts to Nolan, who pleaded guilty to each one.
The counts provided terse descriptions of what Nolan was alleged to have done. In some instances, he asked a minor to give her a backrub and engage in sexual conduct for money, according to the charges.
Here is what the charges read by Lape revealed:
Nolan paid some victims with heroin and painkillers in exchange for sex.
At least one victim lived on his property in southern Campbell County. He threatened eviction unless sex acts were performed.
He threatened some victims with arrest, including telling one victim he'd call friends in law enforcement to arrest her.
Nolan faced more than 100 years in prison on 28 felony charges, including four counts of human trafficking of a minor. The total number of victims covered by the 21 charges he pleaded to is 19, including some juveniles.
How did this former judge and community leader end up pleading to human trafficking?
It wasn't clear on Friday.
His attorney, Margo Grubbs, said Nolan took responsibility for his actions. She made a cryptic reference to generational differences in how sex is viewed.
"He took full personal responsibility for these acts that in his potential day and generation would not necessarily be considered to rise to the level of human trafficking," Grubbs said.
What is the change? The power differential between men and women, she said. She hinted that there was more to the story but would not elaborate.
HOMESTEAD, PA—A Homestead-area pastor is being accused of open lewdness and indecent exposure, but he says what police say happened is not what really happened.
Officers were sent to the 800 block of Beechland Street around 11:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a suspicious vehicle parked outside of a home.
According to a criminal complaint, when the officers arrived on the scene, they could see two men inside the vehicle. Police say one man — identified as 61-year-old George Nelson Gregory, of Munhall — was in the back seat, and the other man was completely naked and bound with nylon rope in the front seat.
The criminal complaint says when officers asked what was going on, Gregory told the officers that they “were just playing” and he and the other man “meet up from time to time to play with each other.” The other man confirmed that what they were doing was consensual.
The man who reported the suspicious vehicle told police that at one point, he saw the second man get out of the vehicle without any clothes on, and he was concerned because the car was parked outside his daughter’s window.
Gregory allegedly told the officers he thought they were in a private place, and when an officer said their vehicle was on a well-lit public street in clear view of several homes, Gregory told police, “I know.”
Gregory, however, says none of that is true and “that conversation never happened.”
“I have nothing to hide. I did nothing wrong,” Gregory said.
He says they were approached by police because they “thought somebody had passed out or something, that’s what the call was.”
“I was counseling a young man with a drug problem,” Gregory said. “It did turn strange, but it wasn’t my doing, OK? And I was adamant that I’m not participating in that way. And so that’s when the police pulled up, and they assume things, but I’m standing by my story. It’s not true.”
According to Gregory, he has been working with the man for a few years, and he and his wife have tried to get him help.
“I won’t deny that he began to take his clothes off and propositioned me, but I will deny, on a stack of Bibles with God as my witness, that I did nothing,” Gregory said.
Gregory says he had his clothes on during the alleged incident, so “there’s no reason for me to be charged with open lewdness.”
According to a criminal complaint, Gregory and the other man will receive summons paperwork in the mail.
Speaking of gays, I've heard Pence was in favor of something that would give people the option of electro shock therapy for conversion for gays. This was something that was to be included as something the patient could choose.
This was turned into "he approves of this process". If true, this is pathetic how it was twisted.
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They're just little weasels about it though. They lie all the time, yet go after Trump for lying. And if you dare call it out they say "herp derp, well he's the president", as if that absolves everyone else of responsibility.
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RALEIGH, N.C.—A married couple from Guilford County have become the faces of a new Donald Trump-themed dating website.
Barrett and Jodi Riddleberger's smiles, beneath Trump campaign baseball caps, are the first thing greeting visitors at Trump.dating.
The Riddlebergers have been active in Guilford County Republican politics over the years. Jodi Riddleberger co-founded C4GC, Conservatives for Guilford County, and she and her husband have both donated money to the group.
The site has gotten some media coverage recently, primarily because it's designed to serve only straight people, letting people sign up only if they choose "straight man" or "straight woman" at the outset. Some reports have also noted that, once a person gets past the initial sign-up page, he or she can choose "happily married" or "unhappily married" as a status before finalizing a profile and meeting new potential dates.
Just what role Barrett Riddleberger and his wife have in the site is unclear. He offered to discuss the site with WRAL News, but only if the station promised to write about "the present, not the past."
WRAL News would not agree to that. Riddleberger's past includes a felony conviction for taking indecent liberties with a child in in 1995. The charge stemmed from his videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 25, the Greensboro News & Record reported in 2014.
"I've already paid my debt for something I did 25 years ago," he said.
It's unclear who created the Trump.dating website. Riddleberger refused to answer most questions. A press release announcing the site's creation and a paid-for blogpost on the right-leaning Daily Caller website circulated within the past few weeks quoting a Sean McGrossier as the website's founder and owner. Attempts to locate him Monday were not successful.
oh trumpers. too difficult to find someone to represent you, who isn't a sick piece of trash? also maybe it's time to add an option on that site "i am a straight baby-f*cker."
Your Lord knows very well what is in your heart. Your soul suffices this day as a reckoner against you. I need no witnesses. You do not listen to your soul, but listen instead to your anger and your rage.
"WRAL News would not agree to that. Riddleberger's past includes a felony conviction for taking indecent liberties with a child in in 1995. The charge stemmed from his videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl when he was 25, the Greensboro News & Record reported in 2014."