Thursday, 11 January 2018

Ex US Lawmaker Commits Suicide Over Alleged Sexual Abuse Allegations

Brandon Hixon, a former state lawmaker in Idaho, died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, according to a report by the Associated Press. Police identified his body yesterday.

Hixon, who had been elected to office in 2012, stepped down following reports that he was the subject of a criminal investigation over sexual abuse allegations.

A detective from the Caldwell, Idaho police station investigated an allegation that Hixon “inappropriately touched someone, possibly a child,” the Idaho Statesman reported in November, citing a redacted report given to them by police.

The paper suggested that charges were not brought “because the victim involved was not able to provide enough details,” based upon the redacted report that they received.

Allegations of sexual abuse have rocked several American institutions in recent months, and the government is no exception. High-profile Democrats like former Senator Al Franken of Minnesota and Michigan Representative John Conyers were forced to resign following allegations of sexual misconduct in late 2017.

 Doomed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore lost a run-off election in December, as his campaign was mired in sexual misconduct accusations from several women, including some that were underage at the time that the alleged actions took place.

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