Eric Deaton, an Ohio candidate for Senate running for the Constitution Party, has been indicted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Police say that in 2006 and 2007, Deaton had an “inappropriate relationship” with a 15 year old girl whom he met while acting as an elder for his church. Deaton held a press conference today where he and his attorney, Jon Paul Rion, claimed the accusations were false and politically motivated.
From Ohio’s WDTN 2:
“Police said they had hotel receipts and video to prove their case.
But Deaton’s attorney, Jon Paul Rion questioned the timing of indictment. It comes close to election time. Rion also said the hotel surveillance video and receipts would help prove that Deaton was innocent.
Rion said Deaton had passed a 4-hour long polygraph test.”
Deaton plans to stay in the race despite his legal trouble. It will be interesting to see if his political endorsements (including some Tea Party and Family Values organizations) stand behind him or all vanish following this news. In the meantime, his campaign has been forced to disallow comments on their official Facebook page after the indictment led to some “harrassing” posts.
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