On August 31, 2022, an Idaho court condemned former State legislator Aaron von Ehlinger to 20 years in prison. According to reports, he is suspected of raping a 19-year-old legislative intern. The 4th District Judge Michael Riordan reportedly stated that the convicted offender will be available for a parole hearing in eight years. The victim was only 19 years old and was interning for another politician.
She accused Aaron of harassing her over a dinner in 2021. However, her identity has not yet been revealed. Let’s examine the article below for additional information on the topic.
Wednesday, a former Idaho state politician was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2021 rape of a 19-year-old state legislative intern. Earlier this year, he was found guilty of the crime by a jury.
According to court documents, 40-year-old Aaron von Ehlinger was convicted guilty of rape in April, but acquitted of a charge of forcible penetration with a foreign object.
Michael Reardon, district judge of Ada County, sentenced von Ehlinger to 20 years in jail for his conviction, with parole eligibility after eight years. According to a press statement from county prosecutor Jan Bennetts’ office, the Ada County prosecutor’s office proposed a 40-year sentence with 15 years fixed before parole eligibility.
Bennetts stated in a press release, “I would want to applaud Jane Doe for her bravery in this matter.” “I am grateful to the Boise Police detectives for their persistent efforts on this case, which allowed my team to guarantee that justice was served.”
CNN has contacted von Ehlinger’s lawyer for comment.
After dinner in March 2021, the victim, then a 19-year-old intern for a different member, accused von Ehlinger, then a 38-year-old Republican state representative, of participating in nonconsensual sexual acts with her.
After hearing the intern’s charges, a state House committee unanimously recommended that von Ehlinger be censured and stripped of his official powers without pay. Von Ehlinger resigned in April 2021. Later that year, he was charged in connection with the incident.
According to Von Ehlinger, the sexual contact was consensual.
The Republican was chosen by the governor of Idaho to fill a vacancy in the state House in June 2020. Then, in November of 2020, he was elected for a full term.