Former Republican Lawmaker Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Disabled Child

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Stringer was arrested for paying underage boys for sex. One of his alleged victims suffered from a disability.

In 1983, former Arizona Representative David Stringer was arrested for paying two children younger than 15 years old to have sex with him, according to AZ Central. A police report from 1983 was released by the Arizona House of Representatives, which was investigating the crimes.

The report says that Stringer was arrested in September of 1983 after a young boy told police that Stringer me him and his friend in a park the year before. When they met, Stringer asked them to accompany him back to his apartment to have sex. He allegedly paid them $10 after performing oral sex on them, and they performed the same act on him.

“(Name redacted) said that about a year ago he was in Patterson Park with a boy (name redacted) when a man stopped and asked if they wanted to go to his house and have some sex," the report reads. “They did perform the sex act on Mr. Stringer … After this the boys were given ten dollars ($10.00) a piece and they left."

The report continues that one of the boys informed police that he’d been back to see Stringer at least 10 more times to give him oral sex or have penetrative sex with him.

“(Name redacted) said that he has been back to see Mr. Dave at least 10 additional times since the first time," the report states. "He said that each time he has been asked to perform acts of fellatio and sodomy with David Stringer."

The boy said his last visit with Stringer occurred in July 1983. They had sex and showered together. One of the two boys had a developmental disability which Stringer “should have reasonably known” about, according to the report.

One of the alleged victims was 13 years old.

Stringer, 36 years old when he was arrested, was charged with eight counts of sex crimes. He accepted a plea deal and was given five years of supervised probation. He was also ordered to seek treatment. Yet, not many details of the sentence are known because the case was expunged in 1990 and the court records were erased.

Carmen Chenal, Stringer’s attorney, said the report is based on “unproven allegations” and the House inappropriately released the records. “This is not over,” she warned. “

The allegations … are false and Mr. Stringer denies them all," she said. “He never committed a crime. He was never convicted."

Stringer, now 71, quickly resigned from the Arizona Legislature on Wednesday. He also refused to cooperate with ethics investigators. The Ethics Committee has been investigating Stringer after revelations that he was charged with sex crimes 35 years ago. Stringer resigned an hour before the deadline that the House Ethics Committee had given him to respond to a subpoena of records related to the sex crimes.

House Speaker Rusty Bowers (R-Mesa) said the record caused him to push for Stringer’s resignation.

"Upon reading the report, I was sickened," Bowers said. "This is very disturbing."

Stringer has always said he was never convicted of any crimes and he accused the media of reporting on false information. In January, Stringer told the media "there is no guilty plea, no conviction. I have no record; I have done nothing wrong."

Stringer’s ethics investigation began in January when Representative Kelly Townsend (R-Mesa) filed an ethics complaint after reports surfaced that Stringer was charged with sex crimes.

Stringer was also criticized for racist comments he made last year about immigrants and black people. He once said, “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” in the Arizona public schools.

Another complaint against Stringer was filed by minority Co-Whip Reginald Bolding (D-Phoenix) to address Stringer’s racist comments on top of the sex charges.

"The evidence that he was trying to withhold from the Ethics Committee must be damning since he chose to quit rather than comply with a subpoena," Bolding said in a press statement Wednesday.

While Stringer said he wasn’t convicted of a crime, court records show that a Maryland court judged him guilty on some combination of charges. Stringer took a plea of “probation before judgement” which allowed him to have a charge cleared after the completion of probation.

Court records also show that he was ordered to seek admission to “Dr. Berlin’s Program at Hopkins.” Dr. Berlin is the director of the Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine.