Arizona Rep. David Stringer was arrested in 1983 on suspicion of paying two children under the age of 15 to have sex with him, according to a Baltimore police report released by the Arizona House Ethics Committee on Friday. Stringer abruptly resigned on Wednesday before the public release of the report.
According to the report, police arrested Stringer in September 1983, after a boy told officers that the lawmaker had met him and a friend in a park a year earlier, and asked them to come back to his apartment to have sex, reports the Arizona Republic.
One of the boys told police he had been back to see Stringer at least 10 times to perform oral sex or penetrative sex, the report states.
The boy told police his last visit with Stringer was in July 1983, when they had sex and took a shower together.
“(Name redacted) said that he has been back to see Mr. Dave at least 10 additional times since the first time,” the report states. “He said that each time he has been asked to perform acts of fellatio and sodomy with David Stringer.”
One of the boys Stringer was accused of raping had a developmental disability, according to the police report.
The newspaper notes:
Stringer later accepted a plea deal on some charges. But few details of Stringer’s sentence are known because a judge expunged the case in 1990, erasing the court records.
Those revelations sparked an immediate outcry from Republican and Democratic leaders on Friday afternoon. House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, said the records led him to push Stringer to step down this week.
The Phoenix New Times was first to report in January that Stringer was indicted on five sex offenses on October 10, 1983, including child pornography, according to a microfilm copy of his case history obtained by the paper.
“The behavior described in Mr. Stringer’s arrest report is absolutely appalling and sickening,” Bowers said in a statement. “I confronted Mr. Stringer with the information on Wednesday afternoon and again asked him to resign, which he finally did.”
Gov. Doug Ducey said he had called on Stringer to resign in June after he made racist comments about immigrants.
“However, these revelations are far worse than anything we were aware of before,” Ducey posted on the site. “Someone capable of these acts has no place at this Capitol.”