von Ehlinger to be arraigned today

Former Lewiston state Representative Aaron von Ehlinger will be arraigned today (Wed) in Boise where he faces charges of rape and forcible penetration by use of a foreign object in connection with an incident in March.

The charges came following a dinner date with a 19-year-old House intern. The two reportedly went to his apartment and had sex. Von Ehlinger said the sex was consensual, but the intern told House officials he raped her.

He resigned from the legislature after a House Ethics Committee unanimously agreed that he engaged in “behavior unbecoming” and recommended that he be suspended without pay for the rest of the legislative session.

The Boise Police Department began an investigation into the incident shortly after it was reported and an arrest warrant was issued for von Ehlinger and he was arrested in Georgia last month as a “fugitive from justice.”

Deputies with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office escorted von Ehlinger back to Idaho last week after extradition issues were resolved. (Lewiston Tribune)