Ex-Idaho lawmaker convicted of raping legislative intern 2022-04-30 11:09:52


Aaron von Illinger, 39, was convicted in Ada County Court of rape and acquitted of forced penetration with a foreign object, according to court documents.

The victim, who was then a 19-year-old intern for a different legislator, Accused von Ehlinger – then a 38-year-old republican state representative – from engaging in non-consensual sexual acts with her in March 2021 after taking her to dinner.
von Illinger Resigned in April 2021 After a state assembly committee heard the apprentice’s allegations and unanimously recommended that von Ehlinger be censured and stripped of the powers of his office without pay. He was charged in the case later that year.
The woman was at the witness stand during von Illinger’s trial this week but left the courtroom while providing details about the assault, CNN’s KIVI reported.

“I think it was a human reaction when I ran out of the room,” Ada County Deputy District Attorney Catelyn Farley said during a news conference Friday. “I don’t think anyone can have a human reaction.”

Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts said von Elinger’s conviction sends a message that “victims can be believed and that it is important to reduce barriers for victims to progress.”

von Illinger He said The sexual encounter was consensual. John Cox, von Ellinger’s attorney, did not comment on the case when contacted by KIVI. Cox also did not respond to CNN’s request for comment on Friday.

Von Illinger’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 28, according to online court records. Bennetts said the maximum penalty for rape in Idaho is life imprisonment.

The complaint filed in court was referred to the accused only by her initials. CNN does not identify victims or alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent.

Von Illinger first took office in June 2020, when he was the governor of Idaho sample to fill vacancy In the state house. it was then elect For a full term in November 2020.

CNN’s Kaelyn Chase contributed to this report.