The Arizona House of Representatives has declined to vote on a motion which would expel Representative David Stringer after finding that he was charged with sex offenses in 1983, The Arizona Republic reported on Monday.
According to Maryland court records, Stringer was charged with several offenses. At least one offense related to child pornography.
Last year, Stringer was called to resign after making many racial comments that made headlines internationally.
The House Minority Co-Whip, Reginald Bolding, introduced the motion to call for Stringer’s expulsion.
Republicans asked for a recess and said that the House Ethics Committee should handle the issue.
Representative Kelly Townsend, (R-Mesa) said the expulsion vote should be delayed in order to give enough time for the investigation to be fully carried out.
"If we continue to go straight to expelling a member, one day it might be one of you," she said. "And you would prefer, I would think, to be able to have the opportunity to go through that process."
Stringer does not plan to resign. He said he has never been convicted of a crime.
He said, "Resigning over a 35 year old allegation for which I was not convicted and which was expunged would set an incredibly bad precedent."
Many of the details of Stringer’s charges are unclear, as the matter was expunged and court records were erased.
Stringer gave a detailed interview to the conservative site, Arizona Daily Independent.
Without citing any evidence, the Independent reported, “Stringer didn’t have pornography of any kind in his home and those charges were later dropped.”
The case history shows that Stringer was sentenced to five years of probation and was to complete 208 hours of community service every year. He was also sentenced to “seek admission to Dr. Berlin’s Program at Hopkins.” Dr. Fredrick Berlin is currently the director of the Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit at John Hopkins.
Stringer defended himself, saying that he chose a plea of “probation before judgment” on two misdemeanors in order to avoid a possible conviction.