Brothel owner who won Nevada GOP primary being investigated over sexual assault allegations
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Brothel owner Dennis Hof, who is running as a Republican for a seat in Nevada's state legislature, is being investigated by state authorities following sexual assault allegations.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety said Wednesday that it is investigating Hof following a request from a sheriff in northern Nevada, The Associated Press reported. The request was made by a sheriff in Carson City, where Hof owns several legal brothels, according to the AP.

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Hof told the outlet that he is cooperating with the investigation but added that he “totally denies that any such incident occurred.” He also told the AP that the accusations are politically motivated.

According to the outlet, Hof has been accused of sexual assault at his brothels at least three times since 2005.  

Hof defeated Assemblyman James Oscarson (R) in the GOP primary in a rural district outside Las Vegas in June.

Hof has been considered highly likely to win the seat in November’s midterms, when he will face Democrat Lesia Romanov. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' MORE easily won the district over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

This is Hof’s second bid for public office, a bid he made after state officials proposed banning brothels in two of seven counties in which they are still legal.

Hof has previously argued for prostitution to be legalized, saying in July that it’s a “vice that’s not going away.”

The investigation was first reported by The Nevada Independent on Tuesday.