Idaho court sentenced former State lawmaker Aaron von Ehlinger to 20 years on August 31, 2022. It is reported that he has been accused of r*ping a 19-year-old legislative intern. According to reports, the 4th District Judge Michael Riordan said that the convicted offender will be eligible for a parole hearing in 8 years. The victim was just 19 and was doing an internship for a different lawmaker. She accused Aaron of harassing her during a 2021 dinner. However, her identity has not been disclosed yet. Let us check further details of the matter in the article below.
In April 2021, the House of Representatives decided the ban Aaron from the Statehouse after the allegation of assault surfaced. He was convicted of the crime in April this year. Reports confirm that Aaron belonged to Orofino, Idaho and he completed graduation in political science from the University of Alabama. On June 3, 2020, he started his political career in the Idaho House of Representatives. Aaron was a veteran of the United States army before he became a lawmaker.
Aaron was deployed to Afghanistan in the 2000s. The Idaho State legislator reported that in the past, he also worked as a real estate developer and a substitute teacher. Talking about his accusations, Aaron said that the interaction he had with the 19-year-old was consensual. In an interview, Jon Cox, Ehlinger’s defense attorney, said that he is not a deviant monster who is preying on unsuspecting, immature girls.
He does not lay out in the bushes waiting for young girls to walk by so he can forcibly rape them, added Cox further. Judge Michael Riordan said that he has a pattern of explaining, excusing, deflecting, and blaming others for the circumstances he finds himself in. Adding further, Michael Riordan said that he sees himself as a victim and he sees himself as a hero, and frankly he does not see himself as either one of those things. Bennetts said that he wants to thank Jane Doe for the courage she demonstrated in this case.
Bennetts added that he appreciates the tireless work done by the Boise Police detectives on this case, which allowed my team to ensure justice was served. Prosecutors played the anonymous victim’s account of the trauma in court. Reports confirm that the victim had extreme anxiety after the assault. Currently, the identity of the victim has not been disclosed. Keep following our site for the latest updates and trending news.