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Republican Lawmaker Facing Life In Prison After Being Found Guilty Of Rape



Aaron von Ehlinger

An Idaho jury on Friday found Republican state congressman Aaron von Ehlinger guilty of raping a legislative intern, multiple news outlets reported.

Von Ehlinger was accused of two felony counts, rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object, according to the Idaho Statesman.

As noted by the news outlet, the jurors’ decision followed an emotional three-day trial in which key testimony from the 20-year-old woman was cut short and stricken from deliberations.

The newspaper also reported that the former intern, who was 19 at the time of the sexual assault, said during testimony that Von Ehlinger forced himself on her at his apartment after they had dinner.”

Sentencing is scheduled for July 28. He could face up to life in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Watch footage of the verdict below: