Sunday, March 14, 2010

Utah House Leader Naked in Hot Tub With Minor

Google/AP: Utah's House majority leader's skinny-dip confession stuns Utah.

Salt Lake City — A late-night confession by Utah's House majority leader about sitting nude in a hot tub with a minor 25 years ago has shocked this conservative state's political establishment but has not prompted calls from party leaders for him to resign.

Rep. Kevin Garn, 55, acknowledged the indiscretion late Thursday immediately after the Legislature adjourned for the session. He said he paid the woman $150,000 to keep quiet about the episode when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2002.

"Although we did not have any sexual contact, it was still clearly inappropriate — and it was my fault," said Garn, of Layton.

"This is something I should have done back in 2002. But I was scared. I did not want to be publicly judged by one of my life's worst decisions," said Garn, who was married at the time.

I wonder how this man voted on sex offender laws in the Utah House. Does he believe that others should not be "publicly judged by one of their life's worst decisions" ?