GOP Lawmaker Who Pushed Anti-Prostitution Law Caught Using Taxpayer Money To Pay Hooker
Republican Congressman Jon Stanard (Utah), who voted for tougher penalties for prostitution, has resigned after being caught using taxpayer dough to pay for hotel rooms to hook up with an online escort, The Daily Mail reports.
The publication quoted call girl Brie Taylor saying Stanard paid her $250 for sex twice at the Fairfield Inn in Salt Lake City.
In one exchange from November, Stanard asks Taylor if she could bring any “accessories” or “toys” — perhaps a “corset,” according to the news outlet.
Taylor revealed he paid her $250 for each of the one-hour sessions in June and August 2017 during which she said she performed oral sex on him and that they had intercourse, the news site reported.
House chief of staff Greg Hartley told the Associated Press that the married Stanard — who resigned this week — was reimbursed for two hotel stays while he was attending legislative meetings at the state capital.
The dates and hotel names correspond with text messages obtained by DailyMail.com.
“It looks like they were legislative days,” GOP House Speaker Greg Hughes said, according to the report.
Hughes said he didn’t yet know if the House would ask Stanard to return the money, adding that officials had not had any contact from Stanard.
Stanard, 43, who was elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012, has three children with his wife, LeeAnne.
Last year, the conservative politician voted in favor of stricter laws on prostitution, including hiking the penalty for soliciting sex to $2,500.
“I am a strong advocate for conservative family values. I am pro-life, as well as for traditional marriage,” Stanard says on his website.
In a statement, Stanard’s attorney Walter Bugden said: “Given the current climate in this country with misconduct allegations and the way things are happening in the media right now, there isn’t any explanation that my client could give that would overcome the shadow of these allegations.
“He has resigned his office.”
There you have it.