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Ex-Idaho lawmaker charged with rape booked into Boise jail

October 8, 2021 GMT

BOISE, Idaho. (AP) — A former Idaho lawmaker charged with rape has been booked into a jail in Boise.

Online records show Aaron von Ehlinger was booked into the Ada County Jail Friday afternoon, KBOI-TV reported.

He is is facing charges of rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object. He was arrested in Georgia Sept. 25 on a “fugitive from justice” charge in connection with a warrant in the case.

Von Ehlinger was a Republican state representative from Lewiston, Idaho when a 19-year-old legislative intern reported that he brought her to his apartment under false pretenses and raped her.

Previously, von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing and maintained he had consensual sexual contact with her.

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A legislative ethics committee found that von Ehlinger engaged in “behavior unbecoming” and said they would support a vote to remove him from the Idaho Statehouse. He resigned from office before the vote was held.

The Idaho warrant, issued Sept. 9, would have allowed him to be out of custody after his arrest as long as he posted bond. But von Ehlinger did not turn himself in over the subsequent two weeks.

If he is convicted of the charges, von Ehlinger could face up to life in prison and be required to register as a sex offender.