After an escort claimed a married Republican lawmaker met her twice for sex, he has resigned without any prior notice. This is the same lawmaker who had voted for stronger punishments for prostitution.
Call girl Brie Taylor claimed she was paid for sex on at least two occasions by Republican state Rep. Jon E. Stanard of Utah while he was on business trips to Salt Lake City in 2017. He lives in St. George, Utah.
On his website, the politician claimed, “I am a strong advocate for conservative family values. I am pro life, as well as for traditional marriage.”
The 43-year-old member of the Utah House of Representatives was caught red-handed after Taylor, 39, released the text messages sent to her by the Republican. The numbers from which Taylor received those texts about meeting up matched to those of Stanard.
After this, his personal numbers have been disconnected and his website and social media accounts have been shut down.
The speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, Greg Hughes released a statement that expressed his surprise: "Last night Rep. Stanard unexpectedly resigned due to personal and family concerns. We will honor his request for privacy, and ask that others do the same."
The statement continued, "We wish Jon and his family the best at this time."
Stanard's lawyer, Walter Budgen, also released a statement about his client's resignation.
"Given the current climate in this country with misconduct allegations and the way things are happening in the media right now, there isn't any explanation that my client could give that would overcome the shadow of these allegations," Budgen said. "He has resigned his office."
Taylor also reacted to the news of her client's resignation: "It was inevitable that he had to resign."
“People here will be grossed out and appalled by this," she added. "They thought they knew him. I was surprised when I found out that he voted in favor of stricter laws. This is a Republican state so you have to stick with your buddies otherwise it will hurt your career, but on the other hand, he is a john. It is hypocritical because he is supporting laws that make it stricter for other men who do what he does.”
According to Taylor, he first approached her on March 7, 2017, writing, "Looking at your website. Can you meet? Would need to be tonight. Only in town a little. Anytime. Can do in or out. At hotel in downtown [Salt Lake City]."
He reportedly messaged her again on June 20.
"I already knew who he was because I screen all my clients using a phone number service and I Googled him," Taylor noted. "I was surprised that he was using his real phone number. I thought that was kind of stupid but I knew he wasn’t a psycho so I met him. He opened the door and he was very nice. He was a gentleman. We chatted just briefly and then I got changed out of what I was wearing into lingerie. Then the adult stuff started to happen."
She said the one-hour session went quickly, then they chatted for a while. Taylor says she told Stanard that she knew about his politics.
"I told him I had Googled him and we talked about what he does," she said. "He said he comes up to Salt Lake a lot and he would like to see me again. He said he never does this sort of stuff in St. George because it is really culturally strict down there."
She also disclosed other information about their session: "He doesn’t drink so we didn’t do anything like that but during that session they were trying to pass medical marijuana so we talked about that."
If convicted of the crime, he could face a fine of up to $2,500.