Lawmaker Resigns After Citation
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A Utah legislator resigned Friday after being cited earlier in the week for allegedly soliciting an undercover policeman posing as a prostitute.
``I just had to make a decision to do what’s right for the (Legislature) and the people I represent,″ Rep. Brent Parker, R-Wellsville, said in a phone interview. ``I’ve got some personal problems right now.″
According to a police report, Parker, 57, allegedly offered the undercover officer $20 for a sex act Wednesday night in downtown Salt Lake City.
``I did not get out of my car. They were in their car, came across the street and approached me,″ Parker said. ``I was in the car, they came to me. I’m just devastated by it.″
Parker is a father of six and grandfather of six who owns a large farming operation in Cache County in northern Utah. He was serving his second term in the House and is a former president of the Utah School Boards Association.
Many of Parker’s Republican colleagues wiped tears from their eyes as they left the Friday meeting in which they were told of the arrest.
Rep. Loraine Pace, R-Logan, cried as she said, ``I think of him first of all, and foremost, as a husband, a father and a friend. My heart aches for him and his family.″