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Thu Apr 29, 2021, 06:33 AM

Legislative staffer testifies at ethics committee investigating Idaho lawmaker accused of rape

She told them she was terrified to testify.

From behind three black curtains erected to attempt to protect her identity, she described what led up to the alleged sexual assault that put Wednesday’s Ethics and House Policy Committee hearing at the Capitol into motion.

And when she was allowed to be dismissed from Lincoln Auditorium after questioning, her screams reverberated through the marble halls of the Idaho Statehouse as onlookers pursued her.

The 19-year-old legislative staffer, identified by the committee only as Jane Doe, was subpoenaed to publicly testify — to tell her version of events — of the night of March 9.

She says she met Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston, that night for dinner. They went back to his apartment. She told police he held her down and forced her to perform oral sex.

Read more: https://idahocapitalsun.com/2021/04/28/ethics-hearing-underway-for-idaho-legislator-accused-of-sexual-assault/

Note - a prior article at the same site indicates that the staffer was compelled to testify by subpoena.


Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, R-Lewiston (left), and his attorney, Edward Dindinger, are seated in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho Capitol before the House Ethics Committee hearing on Wednesday. (Kelcie Moseley-Morris/Idaho Capital Sun).

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TexasTowelie Apr 2021 OP
brewens Apr 2021 #1
tanyev Apr 2021 #2
2naSalit Apr 2021 #3
riversedge Apr 2021 #4
jmowreader May 2021 #5

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 07:22 AM

1. Don't know the dude, and I'm known as a guy that knows everyone in town. I've been told

I should run for mayor. I went to school with our other rep Mike Kingsley. His nickname was "Pugsley" when he was a kid. I'll have to ask my buddy that runs sports pools all over town. I actually don't know "everybody", but he does.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 07:57 AM

2. WTH?

And when she was allowed to be dismissed from Lincoln Auditorium after questioning, her screams reverberated through the marble halls of the Idaho Statehouse as onlookers pursued her.

They put up curtains to protect her when testifying but didn't make any provision to help her leave the building? That's messed up.

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Response to tanyev (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 29, 2021, 08:12 AM

3. Exactly...

That's Idaho, very close to that place in The Handmaid's Tale when it comes to respecting women and their safety. They'll come up with some excuse to do nothing to the perp because, white male member of the cult.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 07:33 AM

4. horrible way to conduct a hearing.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun May 23, 2021, 06:04 AM

5. It gets worse

Representative Priscilla Giddings (White Bird - it's a town of less than 100 people that is near the steepest road in Idaho) doxxed the victim during the hearing, and Rep. Heather Scott (Blanchard) attempted to charge her with filing a false police report.

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