A former Idaho lawmaker was convicted Friday of raping a teenage intern, ending a dramatic trial.
Idaho Republican Aaron von Ehlinger, 39, was convicted of forcing intercourse onto the 19-year-old lady who ran off the witness stand saying “I can’t do this” throughout her testimony. She turned upset after explaining “he tried to put his fingers between my legs” and the unidentified sufferer closed her knees.
Decide Michael Reardon instructed the jury to ignore the girl’s testimony after she was not in a position to proceed and unavailable for cross-examination.
The younger lady had instructed a Statehouse supervisor she and von Ehlinger had gone out to dinner, then returned to her residence the place she was raped.
Von Ehlinger testified the pair’s March 2021 evening out in Boise was “going well” and that the intercourse was consensual.
He resigned his place as a state consultant amid the allegations of impropriety. Von Ehlinger might function little as a 12 months in jail and as a lot as the remainder of his life for a felony rape conviction when he’s sentenced on July 28. He was not convicted on a cost of sexual penetration with a overseas object.
The defendant saved his composure all through the trial and was walked off in handcuffs to start out the weekend.
Prosecutors counseled the sufferer for exhibiting “an incredible amount of courage” by coming ahead. She had reportedly been harassed by von Ehlinger supporters who recognized her on-line and shared the girl’s private data after her allegations turned public.
Certainly one of her alleged tormentors confirmed as much as attend the listening to, however regulation enforcement saved that man from the courthouse ground whereas the case was being tried.
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