Former GOP Congressman Compares Child Sex Trafficking To Eating Ice Cream
A former Republican lawmaker who resigned from Congress late last month is alleged to have made disturbing comments regarding sexual crimes against children, in addition to revelations that he allegedly engaged in sexual activities with young children decades ago.
Former Rep. David Stringer (R-Arizona) resigned in March after the House Ethics Committee requested documents pertaining to sexual misconduct he engaged in during the early 1980s.
According to reporting from the Washington Examiner, Stringer allegedly paid two boys $10 each in 1983 to perform sexual acts on him, and he purportedly performed acts on them as well. Although Stringer accepted a plea arrangement at that time for his actions, his record was ultimately expunged in 1990, and few details survive of the allegations.
Police report: David Stringer paid two boys under 15 years old for sex. He paid them $10 each; one of the boys was living with a developmental disability. https://t.co/5qYj5oOO6E
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New details revealed this past week describe how the 71-year-old former lawmaker, during a Facebook Live public discussion on sex trafficking last year, made disturbing comments to one of the activists in attendance.
On the issue of child sex trafficking itself, Stringer said he doesn’t “like to demonize it.” He added that he didn’t think there were a lot of instances of child sex trafficking, but acknowledged, with a laugh, that he did know there are “a lot of 15-year-old prostitutes,” according to reporting from AZ Central.
In the parking lot after the event, Stringer allegedly discussed the issue even further with anti-sex trafficking activist Merissa Hamilton. According to her recollections of the conversation, Stringer allegedly had no qualms about relatives having sexual relationships with younger family members.
“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,” Stringer said, according to Hamilton.