A state senator accused of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old page resigned Tuesday rather than be judged by his colleagues, but said he intends to show up for the new South Dakota legislative term that begins in January.
Democrat Dan Sutton's lawyer said the lawmaker did not want to be judged by a lame-duck Senate in a special session led by some of his political enemies.
The session had been scheduled for Nov. 27 to look into allegations that Sutton groped a male high school student who served as a page.
Lawmakers could have expelled, censured or otherwise disciplined or exonerated Sutton.
Despite the allegations, Sutton, 36, was re-elected last week to a new
two-year term with 57 percent of the vote.
The new Senate seated in January can take up the issue.
The scandal arose while Congress was investigating Mark Foley's sexually
explicit computer messages to male pages. The congressman resigned over the furor.
So, where was the main stream news media outrage on this one ? We all know what happened here, he was a democrat so the media buried the story until after the elections.