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Manhunt Underway For GOP Lawmaker Charged For Raping House Intern

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Aaron von Ehlinger

Authorities are looking for Idaho Republican state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger, who has been charged with the rape of a 19-year-old House intern, local news outlet Lewiston Tribune reported Wednesday.

The Ada County District Court has issued an arrest warrant for the former state lawmaker on charges of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. The move comes almost six months after von Ehlinger took a 19-year-old House intern to his Boise apartment for a sexual encounter following a dinner date,  the newspaper reported.

Von Ehlinger resigned in April, only hours after the Idaho House Ethics Committee recommended that the full body expel him from the legislature.

“Committee members strongly condemned the behavior of the freshman state representative, who is accused of the rape of a 19-year-old House intern, plus pursuing, dating or asking out a total of four women employed in the Capitol this year, including, in some cases, sexual contact,” the Idaho Press reported at the time.

The victim’s identity was revealed by right-wing media and spread by Republican state Rep. Priscilla Giddings.

On September 10th, the Lewiston Tribune reported the local prosecutor in Boise was pursing charges.

“The Ada County District Court has issued an arrest warrant for former state Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger on charges of rape and sexual penetration with a foreign object. The move comes almost six months after von Ehlinger took a 19-year-old House intern to his Boise apartment for a sexual encounter following a dinner date,” the newspaper reported.

On Wednesday, the newspaper reported that the suspect has not yet been arrested or turned himself in.

Read the full report here.