Idaho lawmaker accused of rape resigns after ethics ruling


April 30, 2021

Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman/TNS

Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, listened Wednesday to testimony during his ethics hearing at the Statehouse in Boise.

BOISE, Idaho - An Idaho lawmaker accused of rape by a 19-year-old legislative intern has resigned after an ethics committee found he should be formally censured.

The investigation into Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger began in March after a young staffer reported he raped her in his apartment after the two had dinner at a Boise restaurant. Von Ehlinger has denied all wrongdoing and maintains he had consensual sexual contact with the young woman. He resigned Thursday after an ethics committee unanimously agreed that he engaged in "behavior unbecoming" and recommended that he be suspended without pay for the rest of the legislative session.

The Boise Police Department is investigating the rape allegations, and von Ehlinger has not been charged.

Darin Oswald, Idaho Statesman/TNS


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