Former Arizona Rep. David Stringer's views on child sex trafficking were captured in a video released as part of the House of Representatives' investigation into his past.
In the recording, Stringer states that he doesn't "like to demonize" child sex trafficking and jokes that there are "a lot of 15-year-old prostitutes."
Stringer resigned March 27 over accusations that he raped children in the 1980s. The video was obtained by investigators who reviewed ethics complaints about his sex-crime charges.
After the speech, Stringer allegedly defended child sex abuse during an argument he and Hamilton had in the parking lot.
Hamilton told investigators that Stringer said he didn't think there was any "damage" from child sex trafficking, saying, "If an uncle takes his niece or nephew to a playground, and they go on the merry-go-round and have some ice cream, and then do their thing, that’s just part of the experience."
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David Stringer is an American attorney, businessman, politician and a former Republican member of the Arizona House of Representatives elected to represent District 1 in 2016. Stringer operates the Comfort Inn in Prescott, Arizona. Before his resignation from the Arizona House, he had been a Republican precinct committeeman and state committeeman, and a co-chairman of the county GOP's finance committee.
Arizona lawmakers opposed a bill that would have given survivors more time to sue:
Arizona: Proposal To Give Sex Abuse Victims More Time To Sue Dies In House
April 4, 2019
Victims of child rape and sexual abuse in Arizona won’t get more time to sue their assailants, at least not this year.
Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, refused to allow a vote on the measure Thursday in the Senate Appropriations Committee, which she chairs.
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According to documents obtained by the Arizona Republic, Stringer told an activist in 2018 that he doesn’t believe sex trafficking does “damage” to the children and that he doesn’t “like to demonize it.”
“I like being a daddy figure for the little girls when they sit on my lap,” he reportedly said.
Stringer, who was 36 when he was arrested, was charged with eight counts of sex crimes. He later accepted a plea deal on some combination of charges and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.
He also was required to seek admission to what appears to be a treatment clinic for sex offenders.
But few details of Stringer's sentence are known because a Baltimore judge expunged the case in 1990, erasing the court records.
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House Speaker Rusty Bowers said Stringer’s resignation ended the ethics probe and public documents gathered over the course of the investigation would soon be released.
Two days later, the ethics committee released 426 pages of documents, including a 1983 Baltimore Police Department report that said Stringer was arrested for allegedly paying boys younger than 15, one of whom had a mental disability, to perform sex acts multiple times.
On Saturday, Stringer issued a long statement on Facebook defending himself, saying the “salacious allegations of sexual improprieties … had no basis in fact.”
The private investigator who came up with the police report also reported that one of the victims — it does not say which one -- went on to become a sex offender himself
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