The Latest: Utah Senate warns lawmakers of ‘entrapment’
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on reports of a Utah lawmaker hiring a prostitute (all times local):
A Utah senator says an unknown woman showed up at his hotel room and insisted she was his “date” in the hours after allegations emerged that another state lawmaker twice hired a prostitute last year.
Republican Sen. Evan Vickers said Friday that the woman came to his Salt Lake City hotel room Thursday night and repeatedly identified herself as his date though he insisted she was mistaken.
Vickers said he called another lawmaker to his room and she left by the time his colleague arrived.
Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says police are investigating and he’s warned lawmakers that someone may “try to entrap us in a situation.”
He says allegations of former Republican Rep. Jon Stanard hiring a prostitute at least twice in 2017 may have made lawmakers a target for “profit-seeking people” who may want to try to sell a story.
Records show taxpayer funds were used to pay for at least two hotel rooms that a Utah lawmaker who resigned this week is alleged to have used to meet up with a prostitute last year.
After The DailyMail.com reported allegations Thursday that Republican Rep. Jon Stanard twice hired a prostitute in 2017, House and state elections officials said they were checking to see if taxpayer or campaign money was used for the hotel stays that the report alleges Stanard booked.
House Chief of Staff Greg Hartley says Stanard, who resigned Tuesday night, was reimbursed for hotel stays in Salt Lake City when Stanard was attending legislative meetings at the state Capitol.
The dates and hotel names correspond with text messages reported in the Daily Mail.