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Former Arizona state lawmaker accused of paying boys for sex


An Arizona state lawmaker who resigned this week has been accused of paying two boys under the age of 15 for sex in the 1980s.

David Stringer, 71, was arrested in 1983 on suspicion of paying the boys for sex, the Arizona Republic reported Friday, citing newly released records from an Arizona House ethics investigation.

{mosads}Stringer was accused in a Baltimore police report of performing oral sex on the two boys, having them perform oral sex on him and paying them $10 each, the newspaper reported.

The police report was included in documents released as part of the ethics investigation. Stringer allegedly met with one boy at least 10 times to have oral or penetrative sex, the report stated.

Stringer was 36 when he was arrested and was charged with eight counts of sex crimes. He later reportedly accepted a plea deal and received a sentence of five years of supervised probation. The case was expunged by a Baltimore judge in 1990. 

Stringer’s lawyer told the Arizona Republic that the case was based on “unproven allegations.”

“The allegations … are false and Mr. Stringer denies them all,” she told the newspaper. “He never committed a crime. He was never convicted.”

Stringer resigned from his position in the state legislature on Wednesday after he refused to cooperate with an ethics investigation.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) tweeted Friday saying the allegations against Stringer were “disgusting and deeply disturbing.”

“These latest reports about David Stringer are disgusting and deeply disturbing,” he wrote. “However, these revelations are far worse than anything we were aware of before.”

“Someone capable of these acts has no place at this Capitol,” he added.  

Stringer previously made national headlines for reportedly saying that African-Americans “don’t blend in” and calling immigration an “existential threat” to the U.S.

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