Lawmaker's Prostitute Scandal Shone Light On Utah Misconduct

Apr 11, 2018

State lawmakers across the country have been forced out of office, stripped of leadership posts or chastised after sexual misconduct allegations since last year. Utah wasn't immune.

Republican Rep. Jon Stanard of St. George resigned in February, days before allegations surfaced that he met with a prostitute in taxpayer-funded hotel rooms.

The headline-grabbing case shone a light on sexual misconduct allegations in a generally conservative state where most lawmakers are Mormon.

Documents provided to The Associated Press after a public records request show two state lawmakers have faced sexual harassment accusations in the last decade. Both were required to undergo extra harassment training.

The Legislature voted this year to require journalists to take annual harassment training to work at the Utah Capitol, just like lawmakers, but rejected the requirement for lobbyists.